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Old 02-07-2018, 03:25 PM
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Jackabee puppy behavioral issues

Hi all! My husband and I adopted a (then) 5 month old Jackabee puppy. She's currently 9 months old. Since we've had her, she's been relatively well-behaved. She trained really easily and is clearly very intelligent. However, since she's reached adolescence, she's become a complete terror. She has learned how to unzip the couch cushions and pull out the stuffing, goes potty inside the house, and chews anything from glasses, to headphones, to remote controls. She ALWAYS knows when she gets caught doing something wrong (she just gets that look) and rolls over onto her back.

We try and give her lots of positive affirmations and treats when she does good things. We potty trained her with bells on our door, which she knows to ring if she wants to go out..but at times doesn't ring them and just goes on the floor or on blankets. I'm not sure if this is a function of her adolescence or if its because she doesn't want to go out in the cold - i have no idea.

For the first few months when we got her, she was the best behaved when were WERENT home - she became more of a nightmare when we were home. It appeared that she just slept under the window waiting for us. Crate training her was awful - she would urinate and defecate in her crate, stomp around in it, etc just because she was freaking out and din't want to be in there. Within the last week, she has begun wrecking havoc on our living room when we're away at work. I know how much she disliked the crate training and how basically ineffective it was (and created a lot more work for us, having to bathe her and clean up everything).

I'd really rather not pay for a professional trainer, because I'm not sure how "permanent" these behaviors are (and its frankly expensive), or if she's just being a little butthead rebel. Anyone have any thoughts or ideas? Anything would be appreciated at this point! My husband is not a very patient person and I am, but both of our patience is wearing thin at this point. It's just extremely frustrating when she knows she's being bad but appears to just not care.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:31 PM
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I read the info. on this mix...wow..you have your hands full...Have you thought of using a daycare company for socialization/exercise, etc. ? I copied this from a dog breed site.. "The Jack-a-bee comes from two very independent and intelligent parents, so we know how that will turn out. The headstrong nature may prevail, especially when it comes to following rules. Don't get me wrong, this breed is not a nuisance; it simply requires more patience."
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Getting a good trainer will never be money wasted. It will give you skills to manage throughout her life and probably save you money in ruined items and cleaning products.


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We have a 12 year old jacakabee and she has become our best friend and constant companion. What an intelligent, affectionate, headstrong, fun loving, family loving, happy girl. I wouldn't trade her for any other dog.


Jacakabees are people dogs and can't be left by themselves for too long. Five hours alone during the day is the max before she feels lonely, but if you tire her out with a lot of morning walking, play, and running she will enjoy a long late morning or afternoon nap.


It sounds like your Jacakbee is entering the "terrible twos." Just like children, when she enters this age she will start acting out and testing boundaries. This is the time to be the boundary setting parent - firm but affectionate. I remember this period well but it will pass after several months.



At this age, the dog needs to see the crate as her safe space, not as punishment. If you start the crating process by punish her by putting her in the crate, she will act out. The process needs to start by placing treats, toys, soft bed in her crate, leaving the door open, encourage her sweetly to go in. Only after she is going into the crate on her own (it is her special place) do you know that she has accepted it. DO NOT punish her and lock her in until after she has accepted that the crate is her safe space, and she is used to the door being closed. It is only after this point if she acts out in other ways do you need to "send her to her room" and have a time out. Eventually you don't need the crate for this process and just send her to the bedroom as you would a misbehaving child.



Another hint - use something called Bitter Apple to keep her from the furniture. It's a life saver. Many dogs but especially Jacackabees at this age have this urge and spraying Bitter Apple is a good way to cure it fairly quickly.


All that said - four hours in the crate is probably the max. Leaving her all day will definitely exacerbate the behavior you describe. If you both work and are away from home all day, having a trusted family dog walker or familiar doggie day care is essential.



I remember one time we had company when Zoey was this age and she wouldn't stop pestering the guests. We sent her to her room and she was so upset she wouldn't stop "crying," a cry just like a little girl throwing a tantrum. Just like a child she wasn't allowed out while she was making a fuss. But once she was quiet for ten minutes we went upstairs - she was contrite and quite - and it was only then we invited her downstairs and gave her rewards for behaving quietly now with the guests.


This dog wants to be the center of attention and around people all the time. She will also have anxiety when you leave. At 9 months old she is realizing some times she's not allowed at the party or you are not around all the time. She will hate that at first but come to accept that not everything is about her. Once she accepts that she will immediately calm down again, but this takes months to work through.



The pleading sounds of the dog will be painful but you must be firm, and only reward with affection once the dog understand the lesson. There is always a weaker parent (that was me) but I forced myself to see this lesson through. It only took a few times before just the threat of "do you want to go to your room" was enough for her to get the message and stop her bad behavior. This is also a dog who can tell if you really mean business - she knows you and knows when your threats are not going to be followed through (she will take you to your limit). That's because Jackabees are highly intelligent and perceptive dogs - and they have a will for what they want - she will watch you and look for a way to play two of you against each other or some other way to get what she wants. However, if you both lay the rules and both keep them firmly, she will learn quickly.



It sounds like your girls has started to act out and now sees her crate as the enemy keeping her apart from you. Jackabees also do not really like rain and snow but like the rest of us need to learn to endure it, and they like following their nose outside so if there are good smells she will go out. If she is backtracking on house training (which can happen) you must be around to catch her in the act and reset with her. I'm sorry to say but it may require someone stay home for three or four days to watch and catch her in the act, give her a stern no, and send her outside before she can complete her business. This is the only way to train such a headstrong dog.



This is a natural phase for Jackabees. Even though it will pass naturally it is worth putting in the time personally with this dog to help her get back on track with good behavior - you will be rewarded in spades. It is not easy especially when your favorite furniture gets destroyed. I hate to say but it's not a personal trainer you need but a week of full time attention from you. That attention is to lay down the law, watch her, play with her, walk her, show her she must obey the house rules but you will be there to give her affection once she accepts them. This behavior seems willfully bad but it will pass. She will become a sweat child dog again who behaves, is fun loving and smart, loves learning new games and tricks and loves you when you are around.

And then before you know it, she will turn three and you will have an inexplicably moody teenager on your hands. That too will pass.
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I'm guessing that if you got a 'jackabee', it wasn't exactly from the best breeders... so it's not really a surprise that you got all those issues.


Puppies that will pee and poop in their crate are puppies that typically come from puppy mills or backyard breeders and learned that it's ok to pee and poop where they sleep - because they just never learned otherwise. So yeah, in that case, a crate is probably never going to work, and housebreaking is going to be harder.


I agree with getting a trainer - I do think that you need to start housebreaking from scratch again though (don't wait for her to ring the bell, take her out every 30 minutes, stay outside until she pees and/or poops, praise like crazy when she does). I also think that you'll have to find a way to keep her in a safe place when you can't keep an eye on her - try the crate again, or puppy proof a hallway or bathroom.


And yeah - it's a very active breed, so you're going to have to engage her physically and mentally.
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