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Old 01-04-2010, 07:11 PM
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Such frustration!

What could I possibly do to help my poor Eddie? I sometimes have a short temper and I don't like letting it out on Eddie as he gets scared. I make up with him but its his behavior that sets me off. He's lovable when he's calm but he gets pretty scary.

Here's what he does:

- Leaping and biting me/others
- Aggressive biting/barking
- Randomly starting to bite me when I pet him
- Chewing on whatever (Shoes, jackets, pretty much things he can bite)
- Pottying inside (Housebreaking. Eddie's still untrained so I'll do this along with basic training)

I've been told that him being bored leads to this. He is outside while we sleep and while the whole family is at work/school. I'm not going to say he's an outside dog as I do let him for a while on school days and a lot longer on weekends/days off.

Eddie is willing to listen but can get pretty out of control. Any suggestions to ease him up so I can train him properly. This behavior really takes out the fun of helping him out. He's a dog I really want trained by the end of this year.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:22 PM
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I think the most important thing for you to do right now is exercise him. Him being outside all day does not equal exercise. I would take him for a nice long walk before each training session. If drain his energy then he will be able and willing to focus on you better. So definitely exercise him. Also, just be patient, patient, patient. He is a dog and doesn't understand english. It is your job to teach him what you want him to know and if he doesn't understand that isn't his fault. Don't expect too much or both you and Eddie will be let down. Does he know any cues right now? How old is he and how long have you had him?
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He doesn't exactly know any cues besides his name. He's now around 4 months and I've had him since October of 09.
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have you been trying any of the things that have been suggested to you in your previous threads?

have you read the "house training how tos" thread?

maybe you could give us some feedback on the things you have and haven't tried?

i have to say that getting frustrated with eddie is very unfair to him... he is only 4 months old... he is a baby still, and it is not his fault that he doesn't understand how you'd like him to behave...as a pet owner it is your responsibility to teach him these things...dogs don't speak english, and they don't spontaneously learn things...you have to teach him....everytime he does something that you don't like, it is because no one has shown him what to do instead...it is a good idea to think about his behavior like this "i would rather eddie do <insert preferred behavior> instead of <insert undesirable behavoir>" then you can think about what things you need to teach him...

what exactly do you mean by "aggressive biting/barking"? he is only 4 months old and has spent that time on your deck i believe? it is way more likely that he is showing fear/nervousness when exposed to something that is new to him, and/or, is simply bored and understimulated so has started to bark..etc...

what training have you started with him?
what are you doing for exercise?
did you get any of the interactive toys that were suggested?

all of these things are very helpful in helping him to learn to behave....

what are you doing when he bites/mouths you?
what are you doing when he chews something he isn't supposed to have?

if you can help us get a better picture of what you are doing, we would be better able to help you...you know, fill in the gaps and stuff...

really it is up to you to take the time to teach eddie how to behave and to provide him with the things he needs to be stimulated and happy...



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Old 01-05-2010, 03:24 AM
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The big thing as we've stated before

You need to be exercising him more frequently-as I said-Christmas break is not enough-it needs to be EVERY day.

Training as well needs to be EVERY day.

If you aren't doing these things-don't be surprised or upset when the dog isn't behaving.

You couldn't expect a child locked in its bedroom with no playtime and no interaction and no learning to be a scholar and well behaved child could you? (Not saying you are locking him up)

BUT on your own you admitted he does not get toys nor enough exercise. There lies the issue. Plain and simple-nothing else.

Walk him EVERY DAY. period. It's needed-with any dog. AND spend at LEAST fifteen minutes training. You will see results fast-I promise you.
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15 minutes training!!! That short amount of time will make a huge difference! But I would take him for a nice long walk first and then do a bit of training. If you aren't going to be able to exercise him then you are going to continue to have the problems that you are having. There is nothing wrong with your dog he just needs some exercise and guidance from you.
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If it helps my dog was returned to the shelter FOUR times. If I didn't walk him and train him-god help me-he'd ruin our house and be returned by any sane person.

Dogs are harder to keep then children not easier imo-expect to spend time and money or else this is not something you should be doing.


ARE you able to spend the time exercising and training? If not you should consider rehoming him so he has a chance.
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I agree with the others..Nothing made more of a difference in my dogs behavior like exercise and training. When on a walk their minds just go to work looking at all the new sights, smelling new smells..Its on-going mental, and physical stimulation which is awesome for your dog! And even 5 minutes spent training to 'sit' 'stay' or 'high five' or whatever trick you want to teach works their minds. Dogs have to have stimulation or they get bored..and a bored dog can be a frustrated, destructive dog. So you gotta get out there and do the walks..I promise it will pay off with not just the destructive behavior, but with the potty training, and everything else.
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