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Old 01-07-2018, 08:50 PM
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Question Dog Behavior Issues 24/7

Hi. My wife and I adopted a female dog about 8 months ago. She just turned 1. We have been encountering several issues with her behavior.

-When we are at home, our dog will continuously nip at both of us. We try to distract her with toys from time to time but she has no interest in them. We have tried making our hands limp and yelping and giving a short time out to simulate what other pups would do, but this makes her nip even more. We are all out of ideas on this.

-Also, when we are at home, our dog continuously barks. All the time. We have tried giving her treats when she is quiet to reinforce that being silent is a good thing. We have tried to ignore her to let her know that is not a way to gain our attention. This only makes her bark even more and louder. We do not know what to do.

-Finally, when we take her out for walks and to potty, sometimes she is ok, but other times she will attack us. We will walk, she will get this look in her eye, start running in circles, and jump up and bite at us endlessly. We have tried turning our backs and walking away. We have tried treats on walks to award when she is behaving well. We have tried a million things. I am getting worried because she attacked my wife on a walk earlier and bit her arms and legs. My wife tried to stay calm and turn her back and walk away and our dog kept jumping up and biting. This is a real issue. We love our dog very much, but we arenít sure what to do with all of these situations. Any suggestions or help is very very much appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:18 AM
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Hi, I have some questions... what breed is the dog? Have you tried taking her to obedience classes? how much exercise does she get each day? what kinds of toys are you giving her? How do you react when she is constantly barking? have you talked to your vet about any of these behaviors to rule out any possible health problems?

The biting and attacking are concerning, you need to find a behaviorist to help with these issues, I would call my vet and ask if they can recommend one!
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:08 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Ditto all of the above questions.

There are multiple threads with training info in this subforum you may find helpful.
Training and Behavior Stickies
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"biting, mouthing, and nipping"
"Impulse control and calmness"
"Finding a Trainer, behavior consultant, or behaviorist"
"Loose lease walking

My initial thoughts reading the description of the running and biting was that it might be "puppy zoomies" (I recommend a trainer to access).
If unfamiliar, zoomies is kinda like an explosion of energy where dogs run around, often in circles. Sometimes running into and bitting at people or other dogs. It's often triggered by excitement and/or is a way to relieve stress. All dogs will zoom at times, but if happening super frequently, it can be a sign the the dog needs more exercise and mental stimulation. And/or stress levels need to be looked at.

If needing to provide more exercise and mental stim then you might start with meals from food dispensing toys (stuffed kongs, kibble nibble, kong wobbler, tug-a-jug, buster cube, etc.) and a variety of chews (water buffalo horns, everlasting treat balls, and himalayan chews are my crew's favs) These can help you manage the barking and nipping at home too by giving your dog something to work on quietly on her own.
I would also try adding training to you dog's routine, probably starting with some of the impulse control and calmness exercises.These really work a dog and benefit overall behavior.
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Hi. The she is a 1 year old hound/bulldog mix (according to the rescue agency). We have moved and have been unable to get her to obedience classes, however the foster home took her to classes. As far as exercise, we take her on long walks 3 times a day and also take her to a large dog park every other day so she can run for an hour or so. When is she constantly barking, we try to calmly tell her to be “quiet” and reward her when she stops barking. We have also tried to ignore the barking so she will know that is not the way to get our attention. The toys we have for her are a rope toy, a kong which we fill with organic peanut butter and treats, a buffalo horn, a deer antler, and a Ruff Root. We had plush toys such as a Fluff n Tuff but she would destroy them in about 15 minutes. We have not asked a vet about health issues that would involve behavioral issues. I will do that. Thanks!
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Ok, so it sounds like she's getting a decent amount of physical exercise, she may need more mental stimulation to tire her out so you can curb some of the behavioral issues! how long ago did you move? She will need time to get acclimated to a new place so try to keep a structured schedule as much as possible...and you may want to consider taking her to obedience classes yourself as it helps the pup to bond with you!

Here are some toys that my dogs love and have been great tools to keep them from getting bored!!

Tirebiter https://www.chewy.com/mammoth-tirebi...-toy/dp/108595

Starmark treat ball https://www.chewy.com/starmark-treat...-ball/dp/45447

starmark bento ball https://www.chewy.com/starmark-everl...-ball/dp/45443

Flirt pole https://www.chewy.com/squishy-face-s...e-v2/dp/140534

Chuckit fanatic ball https://www.chewy.com/chuckit-fanati...aries/dp/49745

Just remember a tired dog is a happy dog!!
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