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Old 03-29-2011, 10:22 PM   #31
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Claire,

Not to hurt your feeling or anything. It's just my opinion on dealing with my own 15 Pound Terror at the time. And what we ( ME) did to correct her and now! Trust me I was like you. Frustrated, tired and felt manipulated by her. Your in the same boat that I was. It's not much fun is it?

Already covered her Diva housebreaking here.

Biting.. Pull her off and roll her on her back. Another thing about that. YOU get territorial of that couch! If she jumps on it on her own. Or while you or you husband are on it. Take her off of it! Make her sit. She's not allowed up until you say she can get up. That's YOUR couch. Not hers. Repeat it however long it takes for her to get the idea. She's stubborn..

Next time she tries to jump up on you. Raise your knee. If she gets the knee in the chest. Well she just got the idea that wasn't a smart move. If you have to, put her on her back. Her mother would.

The food dish.. That to belongs to YOU!. Get it ready, do your usual routine. It's best not to chat with her while your getting it ready. That gets them over stimulated. She knows what your doing and likes it.

Place the bowl down. Stand in front of it. Make her sit.
Don't let her pass around your legs to get to it. Period. Place her in a sitting position keep her in that spot. That food is also yours, until she can behave.

When she can sit like a lady and wait, she can have the dish.

I have 3 dogs Claire, but this last one Sophie, was exactly like yours. She took some work. But the job is done. We have peace and harmony once again.

Feeding time here. I make all 3 sit and wait. No moving out of line jostling for position. When they behave they get rewarded. They in turn feel good about themselves to. Mostly because they waited for my command for them to go ahead and eat.

So you see your dog isn't a lost cause. You just need to take control of your home. She will get it. Give it time, love and patience.

Remember your the boss. No woman likes to be manipulated. ;)

Hope it works out.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:30 PM   #32
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Small dogs need a lot more discipline. I think if you find a good trainer you may be able to help this dog. I am glad it's not just money, but it's better to fix the behavior in a young dog. It really can go in many directions no matter what age you adopt. When a dog reaches (typically) 2 (adulthood) their behaviors tend to calm down. What kind of dog is it? Is she baring her teeth, growling, hackles up lunging type of behavior? have you tried keeping her on leash and correcting(pull lightly) when she exhibits the behavior? I know you've had her for a short while and I don't think you've given it enough time. I know you fear for your neighbors and children in the neighborhood, but you can crate the dog when people are over while continuing training.
My dog is a jumper. she loves people and her tail is insane. Keeping treats she doesn't normally get and giving them to her when people come over, calms her down and keeps her focused and a good girl. We had a trainer for a while and he taught us alot of things.
I understand the need to have a dog you trust, but I feel as with any animal you need to train no matter what, no matter where it came from, no matter how old. So even if you return the dog. Find a good trainer for the next dog you adopt. YOu never know what type of habits the dog will develop later.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:31 PM   #33
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oh Claire great advice!!!!!
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:20 PM   #34
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Munky, feeding isn't an issue, at all! She behaves when hubby feeds her, sits while she pours it out, when released, gobbles her food, and is happy. She is well behaved then. It took a bit, but my husband feeds her and tells her to sit, and can feed and water her and she's good. She just hits weird times of day and goes balistic, and once she starts getting over-excited, it is impossible to calm her. But her leaping 5 feet to try to bite my face today was a bit much, and made me fear for ever being able to have a social life at all if we keep her. Or perhaps having a face at all, myself. She really was viscious. People tell me how bad Jack Russells are (which we've had a couple), and this is just a little hound dog of some sort. But I really am thinking that maybe it is time to just give it up. I hate it at this time of night when she is so damned good. Much of the day she'll just sit and curl up beside me. But then she'll have an hour or two every other day when she'll bite whoever is walking by (it started off just being my husband, but now it is me as well). I'm serious, I cannot take my vitamins or pain killers when she's around without her trying to get them from me, and she won't take any version of no for an answer.

I think I told you, we've raised two Jack Russells who are known to be the worst. Nothing like this.

Laying her on her back just makes her meaner.

She also doesn't like to be petted, for the most part. Not the "I've been abused" cowering and snapping I've seen (remember, I'm not exactly inexperienced with animals).

Even the usual affection you'd give a dog as a "reward" or "comfort" thing, can make her get aggressive. This is one of the hardest things for us to deal with; when petting or even the most gentling of affection gets us a snap.

What strikes me as weird is the timing. She was "perfect dog" for two weeks. Then her entire demeanor changed. Even her physical appearance changed to a degree. The fly-away ears that made the shelter people think she was an Italian greyhound changed to forward leaning ears. We thought it was a good sign, that she was getting relaxed and used to us. Soon after, her agression started.

Oh, well. I'm going to spend the next few weeks crying, but if a dog can jump to my face and bite it, I can't chance her with children and elerly. I've never given up a dog before, and I will not do it again. I think that is meaner than anything, to have a dog go in and out of homes, and I know for a fact that she's been in two shelters already. I should have known that I didn't have it in me to do it.
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I'm soft hearted when it comes to pets as well. But more soft hearted when it it comes to human beings, and I just cannot imagine this dog with my children and elderly friends. I've never had this problem before,but it seems I have to make a choice between spending the rest of my life with a dog that will bite my face off or having human friends. Yes, I know there are a ton of people who have training systems that would get me a perfectly behaved dog in a year or so, but guess I don't get to allow anyone to come into my house while we're working on it, because her biting faces is a bit much to expose our friends to while we're hoping we can train her to.

I know some of you don't believe this, but I am crying as I write, and she is being the perfect doggie right now (after trying to bite my face off about 6 hrs ago). My husband is also feeling totally depressed. He looked into everything and stopped everything that might have been adding to the problem.

We've had her for the better part of a month.

She will not respond to affection. One thing I didn't think too much of. I figured, well, we can get her over that. But she doesn't really like to be petted or even scratched. That was the first "symptom". When you show her affection, of any sort, she would "mouth" OK, I've dealt with that before. But her aversion to physical affection seems weird. Like I said, her first couple of weeks with us she just seemed ... well, too good to be true. Then she started to hate some touches. If she slopped on her back you can scratch her belly, but after a minute she'll bite your hand.

She simply bites, bites, bites. But chancing a face bite is too much.

Don't worry, we're returning her to the no-kill facility where we found her, with supplies for anything and everything she needs for 6 months. I just wish we could have kept her. Any of you in the midwest who think I'm horrible, go to Jo Daviess and adopt her. At least she now has a name she will answer to, which she didn't when we took her.
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Claire,

She needs to be worked with by you also. You take over the feeding and daily care of her. It's about time she starts learning to have some respect for you. She will have none for you until you assert yourself to her.

She can be calmed down. You just need to be the one to do that to. I've already told you put her on her back. And hold her until she calms down. Let her get testy. So what! She's going to get over it. Won't she? If she knows your going to be the first to roll over and give up. She wins again. Don't let her win. Or the cycle continues.

Have a taped ( empty soda can) filled with a few pennies. Make it so it has a good rattle noise. Keep a few around the house. Carry one with you.

Any time she stars to lunge at you or anyone. Shake and toss that can at her feet and mean it when you do! Tell her NO!. Dogs hate those cans. But it works. I still keep them around. Now all I have to do is reach for one. My dogs remember and get in the sitting command mode.

That will also work when you need to take your meds and she's around. When your relaxed, she's relaxed..

Don't worry about your social calendar. People can wait and respect your decision if you choose to take the time to be with her 24/7 for a month or so until she behaves.
She will get over this. Get her a stuffed animal. She can take her aggressions out on that while she's slurping it's stuffing :)

You can have people over. Limit who and how many.
Put up a sign at the front door " Dog in training, be patient." You'd be surprised how many people take that sign serious and will be a little more cautious and courteous towards her and you, until the sign comes down.
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