Posted : 9/25/2008 6:30:38 PM
Good suggestions Glenmar. All my dogs know what "no" means and will stop the behavior during or won't start the behavior they were about to do. Asia responsds to "no" but I am not doing "no" consistently to stopping the behavior. She gets a lot of nose-to-hand touches in and its so fast, saying "no" after the event does nothing.
Teaching Asia an alternative behavior? The behavior happens when I get up and mostly when I walk around. Something one does all the time. It is probably her way of expressing and coping with the frustration of an anticipation. I don't want Asia to be under a control command when we are just living together. None of my other dogs do this, they just become alert that I am moving and that is how I want Asia without forcing on her a 'watch me' and stay command.
I believe that ignoring a behavior is impossible to do and you can't fool a dog. "Ignore" by the human is a unique behavior and it is a reaction which the dog will detect. Plus, even if you succeed in diminishing the behavior, the human will revert back to their old ways that created the behavior in the first place. Asia is just coming out of her one month acclimation period so technically all her behaviors have been pretty much ignored, that is she has a huge allowance given.
When I am in my recliner and dogs want some loving, they come over, nudge my hand, flip my hand in the air, and then position their heads so the hand lands square on their head. I give them what they want and have a petting session.