Spazzing out when wanting to play

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So lately Samson has been having a spazz out moment where he wants to play. This involves him barking, jumping, and nipping at whoever he wants to "play" with. If you stop walking, he'll put his front legs on the ground, hind in up, staring at you like he's waiting for you to move so he can pounce. We've tried distracting him with a toy, but most of the time he will drop the toy, and focus back on the person he's "playing" with. He has never growled at anyone in the family so being aggressive hasn't been a problem. Today, the only thing I could think of to stop this is to spray him with a water bottle. I'm not sure what else to do to get this stopped ASAP. When I'm outside with Samson, just in case he spazzes out on me, I've started carrying the water bottle on my side. I'm beginning to feel like Clint Eastwood except I'm packing H2O!

The spray is a great idea how is it working with him?

If he doesn't respond then I would go a step further and have him on a baby prong leash attached setting up the scenario and give him a slight correction with it. You do not want to allow him to behave like this for what might be tolerable at this age will not be when he is 90lb and doing the same thing. The other thing you can do is to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him in a firm voice NO!

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LBurke, looks like he is testing you to see if he can take it over. Don't let him have this way, because he remembers it and will use it against you.

Have you started obedience classes?

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Oh yes, he is definitely testing me! I have a close friend who has years of experience training dogs in the military and police dept and he's offering to come and work with Samson. BUT, this friend has been suffering with constant migraines for the last year so he's only been over once :( I think I need to sign up for obedience classes elsewhere.

RN  "The other thing you can do is to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him in a firm voice NO!" This I could do, but he's constantly moving and I'm not fast enough to grab him. Plus, he seems to enjoy when I make an attempt to catch him. The water bottle is working for now. He hates it and backs off and walks away. He's doing it to all 5 of us so we're all having to keep a water bottle close by. Hopefully this will help stop this soon!

Yes they are hard to grab hold of that is why I suggested if he didn't respond to the water bottle which I like to use then put a prong on him with leash attached and set up the scenario. I guarantee it will only take a few times until her realizes this isn't the way to do things.

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Thanks for your advice!

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I used the water bottle for my previous dobe but the only thing was I had to have it around all the time. It worked wonders for him but so many times we wouldnt have it around and he knew so would muck up but if he saw it behaved himself. Snoopy is abit of a pain at times hes 10 months ,if he gets really naughty I grab him- he tries to duck so be fast- and then lead him out and put him out for timeout. I dont make a big drama out of it I dont speak to him just take him and say out -Usually I just put him out the door and stand there so he cant come back in then after about 15 seconds I let him back in without saying anything then if he does it again back he goes. He knows - after the second time he settles right down. My problem is not being consistent with it . Bit harder if hes already outside then I usually just hold him by his collar for 10 seconds or so without saying anything and let him go and not say anything again and repeat if hes still naughty. Works for him most the time . Its me that has to pull finger and do it every time !