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I don't quite understand, what is Jersey doing? When does he do it? Does he stop for a 'no'? Does he do it for any people, or just you ect.

No need to pretend to eat his food, just make him sit/stay before and while it goes to the floor before releasing him should do fine. =)
 

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I had a very strict rule over here. NEVER hump. End of it.

Whenever a male I own tries it, I grab his scruff, pull him off onto his back, and gave him a 'do it again and die' stare growl. I hate the idea of a dog humping pillows, legs, kids, anything really.

Don't ignore it, it would most likely get worst. I'd go with firmly correcting it. From what you've posted so far he sounds like a hyper and confident dog. No matter how hard a person is, if a dog has the right personality they'll need a lot more then just one telling of, no matter the severity. So don't go harder unless he does it like the same day you get on him before.

Be sure to get him in the act, you need to fuss him literally when he's still humping, not even a second after. You have to be sure he will understand what it's for so you don't confuse and scare him.
 

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Two months? Over here it's no earlier then four for a neuter, can't wait tell that gets here. :)

The idea isn't to 'hold him' really, it's to calm him, to get him rational. If it's done in flat out anger, just to pin him, it won't work but to scare him. It has to be done smoothly, and he has to understand what will get him up.

When he humps something: (1) As he's till humping, say 'bad boy' -it can be mad, but no yelling- (2) Walk over/Reach over and grab his scruff and lay him flat out on his side. (2) Put a hand over his neck area and hip, and gently push him flat if he doesn't go himself. (3) Once he is, slowly raise your hands, trying to get him to stay flat withount hand contact, just let them hoover over the dog. (4) If he starts getting up, gently press him down again, then raise your hands a little above him again. (5) Do it until you can be sitting with him infront of you, flat out while your hands are in your lap. Even if it takes all day, go slowly, and don't be mean. (6) Once he is flat on his own, then say 'ok' and stand with him. Walk away calmly, don't start praising him crazily, jumping around ect.

As you can see (well read) it's not a hold the dog down until he strugles less deal, or a really mad 'out to get you' thing but once you have him down, your asking for him to be calm, not scared. You want to get a 'ok, I'm calm, I'm fine. Can I get up now?' sheepishness lol. Your problem sounds like you get him, put him down, but then only hold him, you don't ask him to keep himself down flat. If you are, he's probably getting more worked up and bity. Next time you try it, remember that after the Initial 'bad dog!' glare, you need to be smooth faced and calm. (exited/scared signs dogs read from humans include round 'o' mouth, wide eyes, holding breath, stiff still body, don't do these!)

The actual penning is only needed for my boy if he is really worked up, and shouldn't be a often thing. If he's calm (no biting, zooming, barking) then when he's humping you just need to glare and 'bad dog' him, and he needs to get off fast. It's only when the humping is done while he's really worked up that I'd use it, and just as a 'get it together!' thing. His humping, at this age and being neutered, isn't a sexual or even really a dominant thing yet. Even though Jersey appears to be a big dog, he isn't. I don't think penning them should be done often or taken too lightly. It's easy to do it wrong, and then it can do more harm them good. I only use it rarely. But if you use it anyways, thought I'd tell you my approach.
 

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"if he starts giving ME the stare and growl" You don't give him the option. If he's biting and humping and generally freaking out energy wise, you need to walk right over, grab his scruff gently yet firmly and pull/lower him to his side. The scruff hand goes to the neck, and the other goes to the hip. Say the 'no' before you walk over, and be calm. Your calming him down, that's all. Remember that at his age he is NOT agresive with you. If he growls, it's not a 'real' growl, as in being truly aggressive. If he's staring at you, it's not being dominant, it's just being a obnoxious pup.

Edit to add. The stare and growl, to me, is reserved for a adult dog that understands. (I forgot how young he was when I said that...) I would not us this on Jersey tell he is older. With a pup, it's not needed. With an adult, like my D'Art who would hump when quiet a bit older then your boy, after a while he woulddin my mind start to get it. After you know the dog understands what's getting fussed (and the dog in question is older, at least five months or so) I do show of my anger more, namely in a focused stare and a deep throated 'growl' of there name normally. But for Jersey, lay him flat when he's going totally loco, and when a calmer mind, just verbally tell him off.

"if he starts to struggle really hard?" He will at first. Humping normally is done when a dog is really hyper, and you grabbing him will be, to him, play! You'll need to teach him that when he's held down, the only way to get up is it be still. Remember not to talk, give of any signs (put your poker face on) and don't have people hover around. If he struggles, spread your fingers and just focus on keeping him down, he'll go flat and relaxed on his own. If he flat out won't calm, keep holding his scruff instead of transferring your hand to his neck/shoulder area.

"once I do this once do you think he will be more inclined to respect me because right now I don't think he sees me as the leader yet." Your missing a important point here. He is a baby. You are his 'mother'. He is, in human years, what, 5? 6? Even seen a respectful 6 year old? lol. You won't get him acting like your the pack leader until he's older, more mature. In some ways I'm sure he does defer to you though, when scared, does he look to you? When hungry? when outside and he hears a bump in the night? More respect will come later. =) He will be obnoxious, testing, and flat out annoying for a good while, it's part of being a puppy! Don't think the fact that he's still taxing means your not firm enough, it means he's normal. If he was never annoying, he'd need a vet lol.

For biting, remember to keep with yelping, going poker face, standing and walking away, and closing the door behind you. Only with real persistent humping -or really hard biting after you've left once- would I think to pen him, he is just a baby. But it can be a great tool to get them to calm down, sometimes they can get so hyper they can't even control themselves lol.

How much exercise, both mental -training- and physical -walks- does he get daily? How much of his day is spent crated?
 
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