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Thanksgiving with Chester

This year thanksgiving will be held at my house. I have been working with Chester to not jump on anyone but so far it isn't working. I'm afraid on thanksgiving he will be jumping on top of everyone including the kids. Any advice on what we can do? I don't want to keep him crated the entire time but I also don't want him to be jumping on top of people. Obedience school starts the last week of November ( wish it was sooner but I have hurricane sandy to thank for that )


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Is there a place you could set-up an "X" pen where he could have some room to move, but be kept away so he could not jump on your guests? Or a baby gate down a hallway?
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I second the baby gate. If that's not possible I would tether him to you with a lead, unless you're cooking then find someone else to tether him to. That way he's not isolated and it's a great opportunity for learning new things and meeting new people.
Bentley will be tethered to my granddaughter most of the time, the rest he'll be behind the gate but he'll still be close enough to see us and feel involved.
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You haven't got much time for training at this point so I think you're probably best off going with something like Max's Dad recommended or maybe if someone could hang onto him with a lead of some kind. Using a very special kong filled with goodies could be used as an effective distraction he could work on while people are around. Good luck.

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Thank you guys for responding so quickly. My apartment isn't so big for an x pen I think the baby gate will be my best option. I would have to gate him off in the kitchen since the food will be too high for him to reach and then when everyone is eating together I'll crate him until we're finished


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I've also been looking into the gentle leader any suggestions for something that will help keep him down and stop him from pulling on walks


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I think he will be the star of the party...much more fun to play with a puppy than make conversation...definitely crate at dinner ...but otherwise get people playing with him..he's adorable...will make the event definitely more interesting : )
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I think he will be the star of the party...much more fun to play with a puppy than make conversation...definitely crate at dinner ...but otherwise get people playing with him..he's adorable...will make the event definitely more interesting : )
Lol he def will be the life of the party. I wouldn't mind him being out free if he didn't jump on top of people and with the little ones he practically knocks them down and I've been trying the ignoring until he sits then treat but so far it isn't clicking correctly


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I've also been looking into the gentle leader any suggestions for something that will help keep him down and stop him from pulling on walks


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We have had good success with Max and the Gentle Leader. Although I do not think we tried it until Max was about 6 months old.

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Maybe get an older kid if there's one or a friend to walk him alot while you cook to wear him out.As for the gentle leader it didn't work for me but I've seen it work for many.I use an Easywalk harness it works great.Good luck Happy Thankgiving!

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