I recently wrote about Cubbie’s new bad habit, begging and whining until I give him a bone to chew on. Overall, I have very little to complain about with Cubbie. He is a well-behaved, very loving dog, but he isn’t perfect.
He has two habits I can’t seem to break him of. So if you have any ideas, please let me know!
The first is barking. As a puppy, he never barked. Then, we stayed with my parents for a couple months while I transitioned to my rental house in Waterloo, and Cubbie suddenly learned to bark. I think he learned it from our family dog, Huckleberry. Huck was a great dog, but liked to bark at noises. Cubbie barks if he hears a knock or a car door shut or another dog. I’ve tried saying “no” everytime he barks, I’ve tried giving him a light touch with my fingers and I’ve tried making a loud clapping noise. Nothing has worked. Sometimes, I think he barks just to defy me. He always has to get the last word! If I try to make him stop, he has to bark just one more time.
His other bad habit is jumping on people when he first meets them. Cubbie loves people. Sometimes too much because he thinks everyone wants to play with him and give him attention. I don’t mind when he greets me excitedly after work, and my parents don’t mind when he sees them. To be honest, we probably encourage his bad behavior. I know you’re supposed to be calm and not make a big deal about it, but it’s hard not to be excited to see him.
His jumping bothers me around strangers or at the dog park, when I don’t know if people will respond well. I know some people might suggest kneeing Cubbie or something to keep him from jumping, but I don’t want to do that and I don’t want anyone else to do that to him. If I have leash on him, I use that to help keep him down. After an initial few minutes, he stays down on his own, but when he first meets someone, it’s as if he’s saying, “Notice me! Notice me! I’m down here!” Cubbie has to be one of the most spoiled dogs on Earth, but when he meets people he acts as if he’s never seen an ounce of attention in his life.
I keep working on it. Hopefully one of these days I’ll have a quiet, non jumping dog!