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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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my lovely springer gets so agitated if I have visitors and

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my lovely springer gets so agitated if I have visitors and doesn't relax till they go !How can I help him. I live on my own with him.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 3 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,

My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response. I hope you can be patient.

Can you tell me what behavior he is exhibiting?
I understand he is agitated, but what is he doing?
Is he neutered?
How old is he?
Has he had any obedience training?
So when you have had him on his leash, he is getting into your face and barking?
Do you allow him on the furniture or your lap?
Do you ever crate him?
How do you reprimand him when he needs a reprimand?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Toby runs around in circles and drips drops of urine. when visitors sit down he backs in to them and stares and barks at me. If I shut him out he barks continually. He s been neutered he s 7 years old. I did obedience training till he was 4 He enjoyed it and was good except when he had to wait he barked.He doesn't go on furniture or on laps. He s good on the lead but barks if I stop to talk. He s such a calm dog when Im on my own. I hope this helps. Maureen

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 3 years ago.
Maureen,

Thanks for the additional informat. It is helpful. So barking is the main issue with a little other behavioral issues.

Lets discuss the circling and urine dripping first. This is called excitement urination though it can also be submission urination. Urinary tract infections can also cause a dog to drip urine, but it does sound like excitement is the trigger. So you can get medication to help strengthen the bladder sphincter which works pretty well. Read about one here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/phenylpropanolamine/page1.aspx
http://www.wedgewoodpharmacy.com/monographs/phenylpropanolamine.asp

You can try behavior modification to try and eliminate this problem. You can read of some techniques here.
http://www.ehow.com/how_71_treat-dog-with.html
http://suite101.com/article/excitement-urination-in-dogs-a71041

Now these are good solutions, but starting back up with obedience training can help as well. If he is listening well, you can get him to sit and stay while guests come in and sit down. Let me give you a site that is good with teaching a dog obedience. The following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html

Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.
http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm

Unfortunately, the site does not allow me to make clickable links, so to view the supporting websites, you will need to copy and paste the link into a new browser window or tab.

Remember when you are having a dog sit or down, you need to have a command to release them from that position. With a good sit, they should stay there until you release them. So you need to work on that command as well. Often dogs know sit but since there isn't a release command, they stop sitting pretty quickly.

Initially, you can have the dog with you at the doo, have him sit and slip the leash under you foot so he can't get up from his position. Invite the guest in and have them move to the sitting room. This means keeping his leash on him so you don't have to clip it on each time.

Working him on obedience should help a lot. Now for barking, there are a few things you can do. You can reprimand him with a short tug on the leash and a firm low toned "NO". Once he stops barking for a minute, give him a treat like a vienna sausage slice or liver sliver. Dogs will do almost anything for those treats. It will take being consistent but works over time.

Another option is teach him the quiet command. As crazy as this sounds you may wish to teach your dog the speak command and then the quiet command. It seems easier to teach the quiet command after the dog has learned the speak command. The following site explains teaching speak and quiet commands.
http://www.dogskool.com/web/news/summer2002/page3.html

If this doesn't work, you may have to try a citronella bark collar or a shock collar. They also make an ultrasonic device to stop barking that I don't think is as effective. I really think that training will be your best bet. Remember to always reward good behavior and reprimand unwanted behavior and you will see a difference after a little while.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thankyou for your advice I will try your suggestions about greeting people with him on the lead I stopped the obedience classes when I moved house so you ve given me the encouragement to find some again here,. Please can I check that I only have to pay one payment of £28 as im a bit worried I have to pay monthly thankyou.Maureen

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 3 years ago.
Maureen,

I will go ahead and send this to customer service so they can check your account. Please remember to rate my response. Thanks you.

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