Question by Roxie Knightly: My dog “paws” people when he wants attention…?
I own a yellow lab golden mix. I’ve had him for about 3 year now and he has a habit of pawing people when he wants to be patted. I know this behavior is caused beause he just wants a lot of attention and love, which of course he gets, but it’s not very good habit either. I’d think if i stopped patting him as much he’d stop, but i think that could make it worst too. First he paws, then if he doesn’t get petted still, he licks, then he nudges you and goes under your arm or something when your doing something. I’ve gotten a few scratches from his pawing and so has some of my my guests i’ve had at the house. Any way to break this bad habit?

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Answer by BoxerPitRhodesian
Forcing attention and forcing people to pet him is a form of dominance. When he does it, grab his snout and say no firmly. Don’t be mean, just be firm. Try not petting him when he tries to force you. i would make sure that he knows he will get pet when you ‘the alpha’ says its ok.

When guests come in, they will be viewed as your guests and will most likely stop pawing them if he’s not pawing you!

good luck with the training!

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