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So Frustrated, Need HELP

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I have no clue what to do anymore with Dallas. As I said before , she goes nuts when the mailman comes. But, for the past 2 days, she never even realized he was here. However; today, she realized it and all hell broke loose. I had her in a down/stay position waiting for when he came (I saw him at the neighbor's house) Dallas stayed until she saw him through the window, she jumped up, darted to the window (which was open) jumped up on the screen and her legs actually went through the screen, it happened so fast, all I could do was grab her and pull her back. I'm sure if I didn't pull her back, she would have jumped out. I think we scared the daylights out of the mailman. BTW, 2 weeks ago she jumped up the opposite window and scratched my table, knocked over the lamp and tore down the blinds. I don't know what to do with her anymore. Oh, and hubby blamed me for it all! HELP!!
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Teach the "Look" command - some people call it "Look-At-That".

If you have a good "sit", combine the two - that will give Dallas much more to think about. But even if you don't have a reliable "sit" yet, start teaching the "look".

Start teaching it with 'low-intensity' targets such as people just walking by, kids riding on bikes, etc. before you go the the 'higher-intensity' target of the mail deliverer.

Some people start this with stationary targets and if your dog is interested in them that would be a fine start. However, many high-drive dogs don't show much interest in stationary targets. That's why I say start with moving but very non-threatening targets.

Teaching a positive behavior is much better than a constant stream of negative "no -no -no", and is also better than simple desensitization training or counter-conditioning training.

If you do a good job with this - especially if you combine it with a sit - your dog will sit and look at a target on her own whenever she encounters something out of the ordinary. This is very desirable behavior for high-drive dogs.
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