Hi -

I have a 3-year-old Great Dane who gets very excited when we go out to play. That's fine. But frequently, she jumps on my back when I'm not looking, which is very painful because she has big, scratchy paws. She knows I get angry and that I don't like this. But she persists to do it. She was like this when younger, but has stopped most of those things.

With those other behaviors, I would ignore, redirect, and sometimes confront. With this one, it hurts so much that I whip around, grab her jowls, get 6 inches from her nose, and scold her pretty good. But, it frequently doesn't seem to bother her all that much. She seems to enjoy the reaction she gets and seems to thrive off of conflict in many ways (she's a very aggressive dog by nature).

Like I said, most of the other stuff has stopped and rarely appears as she's matured and I've learned how to handle her. But, this persists and is not fun.

I have a 6-year-old male, and these are my first dogs. I'm naturally good with dogs. But, the male is wired so relaxed and friendly, that he required almost no real training whatsoever. Just the world's easiest dog. So, I'm not sure how to handle this female (not spayed either).

Suggestions?