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We have a three year old 70lb boxer mix who gets way to geeked up when he sees people, or dogs. if he can't go over there right now and play with them he'll start throwing a fit, jumping and barking pulling on his leash and then he'll try nipping at your hands to try and pull you. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body, and would never intentionally hurt anyone, but his excited nipping has got him in trouble a couple of times. There doesn't seem to be to much that gets him to really snap out of it unless i get in front of him and back him into sitting. We don't want to have his excitement become an issue
 

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My Boxer mix used to be the same, and still gets that way with certain people who like to get her riled up.

I assume your dog is food motivated? What worked for us was teaching her that the reward is on the floor. When she would get excited we would toss treats onto the floor so she would frantically go after them instead of the person. The idea is to teach him that if all 4 feet are on the floor he will get rewarded. You could also get him to sit and get rewarded for that, if he'll sit for you. It takes a lot of treats, patience, and time for this to become a habit. You could also try using a toy if he likes to play. Keep a favourite toy within reach and before he starts freaking out, give him the toy and encourage him to play with it.

You will have to practice this at a distance until he's behaving how you want, then slowly make your way closer and closer. If he's still freaking out, you're too close; go back a step.

He is defiantly food motivated, and we've been doing that in more controlled environments, getting in and out of the car, following us on the stairs, and through the door etc....I'll have to try that when walking
 

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The thing that worries me the most is when someone, or he thinks someone is at the door, he'll run to the window and start barking, and sometimes he'll grab at your hand and to try to bring you to the window.
 
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