Play Clawing

My pyr keeps jumping and swiping. If hes getting pet and it stops, he will put his paw on you with claws extended. What do I do?

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Jan 30, 2016
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Play Clawing
by: Donna

This is common with pups wanting attention.

When they do it, turn your back on them with an 'OW' as if it hurts. When they stop, turn and say 'good dog'. If they continue, walk away to another room. Do the same thing with the 'OW' if it continues. Always praise for good behaviour.

Ensure your pup is getting enough exercise and playtime with other dogs.

Here is some information for you from a similar question asked previously:

http://www.great-pyrenees-club-of-southern-ontario.com/play-biting.html

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Over excited
by: Ed A from NJ

Sounds like your little man is getting over stimulated and wanting lots of affection. He does not mean to hurt you. Since dogs have no thumbs they can't gentle grab you hand. They use there mouth and paws to understand the world and relay there needs. Also there rather large size gives them a power range the sometimes don't understand. You must teach him the correct way to ask for attention. Teach him when looking for love gentle is better the force. It is your response that will do that. Heavy pawpounding get a no thank you reaction of removing the paw and even walking away. Gently placing his head in your lap then stroking his head and ears will show him the best way to request affection. Or which ever way you want him to ask. The best negative response for a Pyrenees is ignoring him for 15 minutes (No more or he will get confused) make his possative reward when he does good things a large dose of love and affection and sometimes a little treat. I find Pyrenees love affection rewards because they truly arebig love bunnies. Also affection rewards are better for there waste line.

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manners
by: Anonymous

Sounds to me that your dog needs to be taught some manners. You did not say your dog's age but this training will take time, consistency, and everyone in the family on the same page at all times.
Your dog can be taught to not use his paws on his human family. When he lifts a paw place your hand on the dog's knee and, with soft downward pressure, encourage him to put it back down while saying "no". The minute he relaxes release your pressure. Do not slap or hit as that will cause your dog to challenge you. Resist the urge to excitedly say "god boy, good boy" as he will see that as excitement and a return to play. The quieter you are, the better the results of this exercise.
Be pre-emptive when you know he's going to jump up on you. Know his signals. Turn away before he does, give him a hand signal for "stop" and say "no" in a firm but quiet voice. Stand still sideways, no eye to eye contact, hand out until he sits. Jumping up on you has become exciting for him...so learning you will not "play" that game essentially makes it too boring. The quieter you are with this exercise the better the results.
It's so easy to spoil these lovely dogs, and they can become very demanding. It's up to you to set the parameters of good behaviour, respect each for the other and balance within your life together. Work hard to teach your great big baby good manners. Start today...good luck.

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