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Hello everybody.
I am new in the forum and hope to find help.
Since I was a kid we always had dogs, the last two were bulgarian shepherd dog - he lived in the back yard and died several years ago and one male bolognese dog - mix. He died May this year. Despite all the dogs I had I understand that I'm absolutely unprepared for certain situations. In mid-August we took mix puppy - he was then 40-45 days, and it is now 5 months old. The mother is half dachshund and half another, the father is unknown. When you go out with my dad he mess up the house, now we leave him in the yard while we are gone. When we go for a walk he is constantly pulling away. We go out regularly for a month and a half but I can not control him. When we pass a yard with a dog, he is glued to the fence, barely cut it off. Quite often dogs do growling and even trying to bite him through the fence, but Chochko does not care, he is stands proudly with his head and tail. When you go into the dog garden and he see another dog, he rushes after him, did not pay attention whether I call him or not. Quite often he tries to hump the other dogs. Does not just want to play. Yesterday there was a female dog at the beginning she banished by gently tried to bite him, but he did not leave her alone until he hump her.
Home if I sit on the couch without paying attention to himq he starts to cry and even growling without teeth. Just shows he is not satisfied. He eats before we do, because when he`s hungry starts to whimpering and crying. Of course he lays down the rules when going out to pee, when we should go in the house, he enter and come out first through the door, sleeping where he decides, he wants to play when he decided / pressure toys in my leg / wants petting when he decides, if I call him he might not come. Yesterday I noticed that he`s already protective of his food. If you reach out to him while eating he directly bite, not even growling.
I don`t let him get on the couch or in the bedrooms. I teach him commands, but I think he only do it for the treat.
Apparently he puts himself in the position of alpha dog / do not know whether it is possible for such an young dog / but I have no idea how to turn things. I try to go before him thought the door, but he uses every gap in the moment turned away. He also tries to bite me when I try to put his leash on.
Any ideas what to do?
 

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Put the whole alpha thing out your head and do some proper training with him. Treats in training should not be a bribe, they are a reward, if he's only doing it for treats then you haven't been using the rewards properly. A dog should only be treated for successfully performing a behaviour not to get them to do it.

I suggest you look for dog training classes and get into them ASAP. He's still a pup and has to be taught how to behave they don't come pre programmed. Like walking nicely on the lead etc needs to be taught.

Stop touching him whilst he's eating, he's warning you so leave him be.

Have you looked into crate training? So he can be left in a safe place when left alone, he shouldn't have free reign if he's messing up the house. I suggest you look up Kikopup on YouTube and go through loads of her videos and begin training this dog.

He was also very young when he left his mother and siblings, he should've been with them until he was at least 8 weeks. The humping is in no way a sexual thing, this is more than likely due to overexcitement, how much socialisation has he been getting? With other people, dogs, strangers etc?
 
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Thank you. I`m a bit confused, because I`ve never had a dog like him. :confused:
I`m from a small town, but I found a dog trainer. The only thing is that he wants the dog to stay with him, so he can train it.
I dont have a crate, I will think about getting one. But I don`t know will he like to go inside.
He meets the people comming in our house. We go to the dog play ground where he meets other dogs. We see strangers walking on the street, but he likes to jump on them and sometimes he is trying to bite them. He doesn`t like people running too, he`s chasing them and biting them on the back of the feet.
 

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i would feed him after you have eaten...he might cry now, but if you persevere, he will soon stop. if necessary put him outside, or in a different room. also if you dont want to breed from him, have him neutered, ( that should stop the humping too.)
i used to have a red cocker, who was very possessive over his food, as he was 4 when i got him, there was nothing i could do... plus i think he suffered from rage syndrome.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_syndrome

in Alfies case we learned to live with each other, and he lived to 15 years old. but i never trusted him around people and especially children, and in situations where food was about.

i know it is not an ideal situation, when there is children about. i would nip that in the bud now. you should be able to get near a dog when eating and touch him, without the dog growling, i believe, and take bones and toys off him. i know allot of people on here dont believe in the pack alpha training, but i do, id rather know my dog respects me, than bite me if i do something that he dosnt like.
i do believe as well, that dogs know if you are weary and not confident around them. the dog shouldnt run the house, he should fit into your life, oviousley you have to make time for walks, but im not having a dog tell me what im allowed to do in my house.
 

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The humping isn't sexual, neutering will do nothing to stop it. My neutered male will hump if I let him, much more than my intact male. It's normally over excitement, over stimulation. He can eat before or after you, that won't change his behavior. You need to train him how you want him to act. Work on leash manners and jumping. There are many ways to it. I like Zak George on youtube, I've used many of his methods and they work well. Kikopup is another one that is recommended.
 

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Thank you too, Arwen.
I never thought about taking his food away, but if he takes something he souldn`t get I should be able to take it away from him. If he`s bitting and possessive over things that can be a problem. I will spend more time training him instead just playing. we go for a walkies every day, but chasing people, jumping on them and bitting them is a problem. he scared an old lady once.
With my last dog I did everything wrong and it was the best dog ever. :ponder:

I have one more thing - when he`s in the house he wants to go outside in the yard. We do that but he wants to stay in the yard but not alone. He wants someone to be with him all the time. If I get back in, he comes with me and 5 minutes later he wants to go out again. When outside he`s not doing anything, just sitting there. It`s like we have to stay out with him just because he likes it that way.
 

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He wants company and doesn't want to be alone. Yeah, it can be a PITA sometimes.

Your dog sounds like he is resource/food aggressive. It's really common. You should start teaching him to trade. If he has something he shouldn't you get something he loves and can have. Toss a treat so he goes after that and take the item he shouldn't have. If he's not too bad it should go for it. Again there are many ways to train this, you just need to find the way that works best for you. You can make training fun and a game. So you both look forward to it. Some dogs are easier than others, some take more time. Good luck. I've been raising my Great Dane and training daily and taking advantage of different situations. She is coming along great, leash pulling is almost gone, thankfully. She is strong. When she gets really excited she will sit, most of the time. That is something we worked on from the beginning.
 

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Taking away toys/food/bones away from a resource guarding dog without playing a trading game is just an accident waiting to happen, taking away things he values randomly will cause him to guard even more.

Neutering a dog will also not stop a dog humping so please do not run out and get him neutered.

I know plenty of people who are disabled, not confident and very anxious who have very well behaved dogs, why? Because their owners trained them properly, it has nothing to do with being weak or strong you just have to train them properly.

Dogs don't not bite out of respect, respect is a human concept, if a dog bites you it's not because he doesn't respect you it's because he felt the need to defend himself.

I don't think you necessarily need a board and train situation for you dog, where are you located? If be googling all trainers in your area and trying to find a force free trainer.

I also wouldn't be leaving him outside alone anyway, he's very young and should be going out for walks with someone on lead and out to the garden to do his business on lead and not left alone.

Kikopup and Zak George have a multitude of videos that will help you, I suggest getting the treats out and begin working with him ASAP.

I would post more but I'm at 1% battery haha
 

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Thank you, everyone.
I will really try to be a good dog owner. I have to see if the pet shops have the clicking training thing.
By the way I`m from Kazanlak, Bulgaria. :)
 
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