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I'm not quite sure where to post this, because it's not a naughty dog thing, it's just something she does. I don't like it, and it's escalating.  Anybody got any ideas on how I can get her to NOT use her paws so much?  She's has to touch everything with them, she gets excited and just PAWS.  She's put a scratch down my forehead when she was excited.  I keep her nails short thank goodness.  I haven't taught her to "shake" so as to not encourage this.  She gets rough with the little dogs with her feet sometimes either in play or to just bat them away from something.  I am now touching her feet/leg and saying "No Paws" like when she was doing the puppy biting thing and "No Bite".  Suggestions?

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A lot of Dobermans are active with their paws like this. My solution has been to teach puppies right-off that dogs only get attention from me when they sit with their butt and all four paws on the floor. Most of our dogs great me buy enthusiastically taking that pose. It's by no means totally effective though. I've taken a few scratches as well, usually when they're excited. I'm interested to hear what other have to say on this.

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I should add that I was horsing around with her on the floor when she got me.  We're very close and physical LOL.  It's the littles I'm worried about. 

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Kaiser is like a MMA maniac.  He uses his paws to chew things, to get my attention,  when he is wrestling with our other dog.  He is wicked paw happy.  He does jump up and paw me at times for attention.  He's 6 months so I hope redirecting and continuous corrections work.   I redirect with the ?....  Also, he is so strong he could knock me over no problem monster, lucky he is so cute and snuggly!!!

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Ziva uses her paws a lot for everything. She holds things that she is chewing with her front paws in a fashion that it almost looks like she has hands sometimes. LOL.  She USED to paw at my leg so hard if I was at the computer to let me know that she needed to go out, that I thought she would leave bruises.  I dont mind her using her front feet to nudge me to let me know she needs to go out, or needs the water bowl filled, but she was doing it with so much gusto, it was almost hurting.  So I kept teaching 'easy' to her and would hold her foot when she'd start pawing at me and showing her that there was a gentler way to get the message across while telling her "EASY, yess, that's a good girl".  It worked (finally)  Now, she can tap my leg instead of sledge-hammering me, and when I am asleep in bed, she will tap me on the shoulder with a paw to let me know she needs to go out or wants to scoot under the blanket or whatever she thinks is so important that it just cant wait another couple of hours.  I really dont encourage her to not be physical, just to be gentle when she thinks she has to touch or even hug (and she DOES hug).

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Abby does this alot...not really sure how to stop it or slow it down....think its just part of their defense..but i could be wrong

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I'd just teach her an "easy" command like Paul did.  It's just a matter of how to communicate that to her.  Steve does know shake and high five but he's never been a paw-user so I don't have the problem here.  He was a jumper for a REALLY long time and I finally broke him of that.. interestingly enough he won't jump on ME but he still jumps on Eli. 

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Gideon uses his paws a lot, too. Especially if Stormy is on my lap - he's a little jealous at times. I'm trying to teach him to be gentle, but so far he's not listening too well. I'm sure he'll get there, it'll just take time.

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this would also be helpful for me too... Diesel paws a lot (4 mo male).  he paws my little dogs (15 lbs) and i'm afraid he will hurt them.  he pawed me a few times....uuummm, that was not ok with me.