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June 25, 2007



Try using a shaker can (soft drink can with some pennies inside and the opening taped closed.) Have the can available at all times, and use it instantly to punish the dog for jumping up or nipping. Shake it suddenly near her ear just as she jumps up.

Dogs have really sensitive ears, and they hate the noise. It cured my ADD afflicted boxer of jumping on people after about six shaker-can episodes. We had previously spent six months stepping on his toes, backing away suddenly, saying "no" or "down", or screaming "bad dog", all to no effect.

The can is a bit unkind, but so are claw marks on innocent children.

We have cans all around the house. Usually we just point to the can and canines stop whatever annoying thing they are doing.

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