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as of 4 days ago, i'm the proud mom of an adorable staffordshire mix. She is 5 months old, and was a confiscation from someone. Her past is unknown to me. However it is clear from her many behaviors, she has 0 sense of discipline, 0 sense of consequences, and thinks that everything is play. She was most likely kept in a crate and neglected her whole life, and from the looks of things she was most likely taken from her litter too soon and is poorly socialized with both dogs and people.. She's affectionate, and sweet, but is also full of energy and difficult to control and train, no boundaries at all. i've been working on her "no" command, which has been relatively successful for a 3 day endeavor. She does stop what she is doing, but she'll start it up again as soon as I'm not looking. Even with redirection and praise once she has stopped the behavior. My issue is, she has a bad habit of getting at things she's not supposed to. Most of the things i've hid from her aside from her toys and puppy pads while we potty train. Whenever i go over and try to coerce her away from things, she ignores me. Whenever i try to move her, she take it as play and gets super riled up and gets zoomies. I try not to reward her for getting riled up by ignoring her, but i'm not sure what'll break that behavior. Another thing she does is whenever me or a guest is on the couch, she gets way too excited, jumping at our faces, nipping at our hands and arms. Any effort to push her away or place her on the floor just riles her up more and makes the playing even rougher (which hurts). I eventually just stand up and ignore her, but i dont want standing up to mean the end of playtime, I would like for her to understand that couch, and particularly when guests are on the couch, that it is not playtime at all and that she needs to be calm. With me on the couch she eventually calms down and lays with me after i ignore the unwanted behavior and then pet her when she's calmed down. But with guests obviously training goes out the window. How can i fix this behavior of getting excited and making discipline "fun"? Everything to her means play, moving her paws off something, getting her down from the couch, taking away something she's not supposed to have and etc. All these forms of redirection and teaching go over her head and are taken as play and not as something to be fixed. she has no sense of good or bad, or right or wrong and I'm not sure how to instill that in her. All the dogs i've had before kind of already had some sense of right and wrong. I bought a clicker so that there can be a more clear distinct bridge for her good behaviors than just saying "good" since verbal cues seem to be ineffective. I'm not sure where to start, any help would be appreciated. It's also really hard because i'm having to teach her a lot of things that a dog her age should already know (potty training, her name, "no", leash training, and etc).