I agree with lots of information here - the 'Go to you matt' behavior is excellent. Start with just touching it, then sitting, laying, etc. increase duration. Lots of yummy TINY bits thrown between front legs to increase time.
Some additional thoughts:
Clicker Training - TRADE - if he has something in his mouth - (after loading the clicker so he knows what it's about) show him a toy or a treat - when he drops the toy - click and reward.
Nose Work is an excellent brain training sport you can do at home. Take a class to learn the basics. Canine Country Academy - Nosework is near you I believe. Otherwise Tail Lights Dogs in Greenville. A job of hunting with treats and smell - tires them out for rest time.
What happens before the humping - is he excited - get the level down before the behavior happens. Gabe did it for a short time when he was young on our walks or when we worked on 'heal' - my breeder figured out I was FLAGGING him - Walking just slightly ahead of him and doing quick turns - I just slowed down and when I saw him getting excited just stopped.
Breathe - inhale and exhale - be calm - transfer energy of calm. A good calming technique is to sit on your knees with your dog in front of you facing away - put your hands on his front shoulders - say - 'S E T T L E' in a low, calm, slow voice. As he settles gently loosen your hands, if he bolts, do it again till he stays.
They do love plastic bottles, put treats in them and they keep busy getting them out - watch for broken chewed off pieces though.
Any places to swim?
Back pack to make walks more effective? Light weights for young dog.
Comfort collar for walking.
Calming Collar for in house - Tellington Website
Tellinton touch massage
Is his diet good, good food? No sugar, artificial preservatives, colors?
I will try the "go to the mat" and see if it works. We used go to your bed and worked in the beginning, but not anymore.
The humping usually happens either when I take something away from him (what he shouldn't have) or when he's loaded with energy and just doesn't get my attention. I figured that's how he knows he will get it. He will do it also sometimes when we are on walks. He jumps and try to grab the leash and if he can't he starts to hump on my leg so I pay attention to him. I have started doing what another forum member suggested and now when he bites the leash I distract him with a stick or whatever I can find around us. It usually works.
I'm working on the calming part. I am very patient, but when he starts biting and grabbing my arm that drives me nuts. The biggest issue and what irritates me the most is when he jumps on the bed or couch and doesn't want to leave. It's like he totally ignores me and I have to drag him off.
I'm going to try the treats inside the bottle. Usually a bottle lasts about 2 minutes before it's completely shredded, so I always need to be careful with those.
We have a river nearby which I take him in the summer, but can't imagine going now. I need to find a better place though.
That calming collar looks good, I actually have been having some issues with him whining when I put him in his crate or xpen when he misbehaves. He will bark nonstop until I come near him or let him out. I'm trying not to give in, but it drives me and my husband nuts, we can't find a way to stop, but maybe this collar works! Have you used it before?
His diet is good. He gets fed natural balance ultra. It's high quality ingredients and he seems to like it. Even though lately he's been having lots of gas which I don't know if it has to do with the food or treats.
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