06-14-2009, 01:01 PM
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Do you know how old she is approx? My guess by your story about a year or two? If so, I personally don't think it's too late at all.
However, she may be sensing that she's making you frustrated, rathered than annoyed. Dogs go by the reactions of their owners. She needs to know that while you love her, she also must know her place in the family, or she will continue to become unruly. Have you tried looking into obedience classes?
Try taking about 10-15 minutes out a day first, treats handy. And go through commands.
At first, try to see if she's listening, this will establish communication. Show her the treat, then hold it at bay while telling her a command. (eg; 'sit') If it takes a few tries, you need to go back to the puppy method and gently press down on her backside until she's in the position. Then, give her the treat and praise her as well. It's positive reinforcement. Do this a few more times until, she doesn't need to be shown what to do, and then, when she does it the first time. Don't forget to praise her as well as the treat. Next time, she'll probably be improved, and then you try to let her know that without listening, she doesn't get a treat or praise.
Soon, she will connect good behavior (with each command, not just sit) with a happy you, and a happy reward. Bad behavior, produces the opposite. You basically have to go right back to puppyhood and start all over again.
If after a few weeks or months she still shows no improvement whatsoever, look into obedience classes. That will not only bond you and your pup together, but they will show you how to find the best way for her to listen to you, as well as improve your skills at training her. Even if there is an improvement, it also couldn't hurt to look into it as it might even be more beneficial, and she could settle down a lot more.