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Old 08-29-2018, 01:33 PM
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Me again with my 4.5month puppy that just does not seem to be able to calm down or stop hurting us. Right now im wondering on tips for outside walks or around other people. She listens to off when my husband comes in the house from work, but not to me when i come in and usually rips my clothes. We both say off and turn around until she sits. I have lost about 5 pairs of pants and 4 shirts to this bs or just her lunging and biting me.

However im worried about her outside. Anytime there is another dog or person she loses it trying to get to them. She is on a leash so im holding her back but shes jumping growling whining pulling quite hard etc until the person or dog is out of sight. She jumps on people constantly and any reinforcement of off and treat isnt working especially with others because she isnt trained and ignores me when i say off.

Inside she knows sit, down (lie down), look at me, touch, wait/stay (short stay not much more than 5 steps back at this point), paw, take it, and sometimes listens to leave it. Outside or when someone comes in the house she has zero focus on me. I could shove a treat in her face to get her attention and she is just so focused on getting to another dog or person to jump nip etc. Toys dont seem to help too much because she either ignores it or just drops it in order to sniff or get to something else.

She gets 3 walks a day if the weather is right and i train her with her lunch or dinner and then the other meal is partially put in a puzzle for some mental exercise. Im just so tired of doing this for nearly 3 months and not seeing much improvement on any front lol. I try so many suggestions i find so anything else (that doesn't involve me yelping because it amps her up) i will try!

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Old 08-29-2018, 07:02 PM
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Try to find whats motivating this behaviour & use a method that treats that. eg It could be the over eagerness is from a lack of socialization & a love for dogs & people. I don't know how much your dogs having of playtime with other puppies & people, but some require more than others so you may think it's enough but in the puppies mind it's not. Try to arrange some puppy play sessions with someone else & their pup. I would also do more of what you do inside outside in the yard & have 1 dog added in- some play some training. It could be your doing all the right things but you just need to keep going with it. Perseverence. You can also look at the problem not as a problem but more how can I chanel this wonderful puppies energy into something positive? What need does my dog have thats unfulfilled? I know some very intelligent dogs can be a handful as they're smart enough to make their own decisions rather than not knowing what to do & relying on you. It could be this showing that looks like naughtiness but is actually an independant thinker. 😊 I have 1 so I know how you feel. She can be just crazy sometimes & thinks up all sorts of stuff I never thought I'd be coping with when I bought her. I luv her for it coz I want her to have a personality, I don't want to crush that lust for life, creative thinking & curiosity, but she also has to respect what I say. Keep going 👍
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Guidelines- getting your dog to respect you whilst giving your dog respect. Stay calm, they'll pick up on your vibes, if your a woman & theyre responding to men, you may need to lower your tone, be consistant, this is every single time not just when you're not too tired. Love your dog through this remembering that when your dogs acting innapropiately this is when they need you to teach them the most! Use lots of praise & affection, higher tone, this can replace treats if treats are'nt their frequency. Hands & hand association- are only to be used in a positive interaction, otherwise they will fear your hands. Getting your dog to want to please you is much easier if they really like & love you alot, remember this when they irk you. Frowning & scary tellings off etc can make your dog not like you & not want to please you resulting in the opposite result your wanting. You may even end up with rebellion.

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Old 08-30-2018, 05:58 PM
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What does rebellion look like? I definitely lose my cool inside sometimes when shes in a biting frenzy and yell. I wish i could be emotionless about it.

She has been socialized i think fairly often or as often as i can. Maybe 3-4x a month? She can be overwhelming to other dogs so its hard to find people willingly lol. Shes been on a bunch of playdates and to the dog park twice. I think i posted about her first one because it went awful and i was so disappointed but since then it has mostly gone well. She was only fearful once with my uncles gigantic dog. Every other time shes bounding towards them. I do believe its a love of people other dogs because when they say its ok or come towards her (shes very cute people always want to pet her) she gets so excited and licks and rolls around to be pet. But she also jumps and can nip if too excited which is what i want to stop. Also sometimes she pees but im hoping that excitement peeing will get better with age.
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All the people I know with puppies go to the local dog park two to three times a DAY and stay at least an hour and arrange to meet so the puppies can meet and play and get tired and get their social play time. They're all perfectly behaved walking home and sleep like little angels all night long too.
Or they put them in doggy daycare for eight hours a day or pay a dog sitter to take them to the dog park for an hour at lunch and go twice a day at morning and after work.
They don't have to run the whole time but they're being social, with other dogs and ouppies, wrestling, smling and exploring and learning important social skills from all the other dogs.
No wonder why your poor pup is so crazy.
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oh yep at that age my dog played for about 4 hrs a day everyday with other dogs, when it wasnt a puppy she played with the 5 yr old black retreiver nextdoor, the size difference was hilarious but he was so gentle. Rebellion is a dog that knows what you want, & you know this coz they've done it plenty, but when you ask them they look right at you & do the opposite. This is more usual at teenage stage for dogs tho just prior to one. I guess patience is learnt with practise, just think of it like that, & that she's making you a more patient person which is a good thing. The nipping & biting I did the same but said stop it, no biting & hold (I hold my hands on the dogs shoulders not close cuddling) & she didnt try biting my hands there or you can hold the scruff if its nasty biting, but dont pull, lift or shake it's not to hurt her. It's easier to start when they're small enough to hold so that if they grow big, by then they'll be doing it by voice command or on their own knowledge. If she doesn't respond to our language use hers, a growl noise, just a quick short one. Mumma dog teaches them this way if they're still with them. Once they don't you're mumma dog replacement! She WILL learn & you CAN SUCCEED. keep beleiving that when it's tough. ☺️
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I understand the frustration, but that's fairly normal behavior for a 4 and a half month old. Ours has been sick with an auto-immune disease, which between the disease and drug side effects has rendered her pretty inactive. That made me long for her hyperactive days. She is better, and we hope will come all the way back to her old self again. Its a very slow process.
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Do you have a community noticeboard or a website (we have 1 in nz called neighbourly) that you could put an ad for a doggy playmate on? Or up at the vets? our vets have noticeboards.
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Shadowpup - i guess most of the people you know dont work with 3hrs daily to hang at a park with their puppy. I dont know anyone with a dog who does that everyday. Especially with puppies who are often not fully vaccinated for awhile.


I havent noticed a community board at the vet i dont think they have one. i might be able to find one on social media. Ive just been bringing her by friends with dogs for a few hours.

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I didnt go to the dog park everyday, the nearest fenced dog park was 25 min drive away, but the beach was walking distance away, there were dogs down there. I offered to pet sit (& walk) for other people & they would drop their dogs off, I could still get other stuff done at home too. I also fostered puppies so she had a playmate living with us until a home was found. My neighbours dog would cry at my door arranging his own playdate. There's lots of options. This age is particularly crucial for social development effecting the way your dog relates for a long long time after.
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