Australian Shepherd Question

Why does my Aussie insist on raking my and mine and my wife's legs with her front paws? She uses...


Why does my Aussie insist on raking my and mine and my wife's legs with her front paws? She uses her nails as a real attention getter (bad attention from us). Any ideas as to how to break this painful (especially in the summer with shorts) habit?

    In Australian Shepherd - Asked by Anonymous - 7/17/2012 5:05:24 PM
She does this to get attention. I am guessing in the past it has worked, even if it's negative attention. Trying to train a behavior that is incompatible, and showing her that when she does that she will be totally ignored (easier said than done, I know, if it is painful!) I would use a verbal correction like an AAAAAGH sound (rather than "no.") As you do that sound, step into her and turn around. You are telling her you are in charge but will not reward her pawing you. If and when she approaches, BEFORE she does it ask her to sit and reward her before she has a chance to use her feet. Timing is everything in a case like this. Any time a dog does something that works, it will repeat it. So the key is not to reward this behavior in any way and at the same time reward behaviors that are what you want.
    Answered by paws4hisglory - 7/18/2012 12:28:09 PM
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