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I don't know if this will help but I'd thought I'd throw it out there. I have a little four month old Golden/Lab and if I tell her no she just looks at me like "what?". If instead I just make a noise "Ut eh" (No idea how to type the sound ) in a tone that means stop that, she stops immediately and walks away.
Edited to add: You have to do the right tone though. My fiance does the same noise in a tone that says more "would you please knock that off" and she just ignores him.
She will bite the back of our legs or butt. We will walk away at times and she bites the heels and calves and butt... Im going to use the bitter apple stuff more often. Also she pees outside about 60 percent of the time. Sometimes she just pees right infront of me, with no warning...she knows not to pee.....in the house.
My Chesapeake also had problems as a pup. He would chew everything in sight, he wanted to be right against me, he had a reflexive vicious bite to anything he disliked or was unhappy about (it did not hurt but it was very scary), he would pee on doormats and newspapers rather than the yard. He was about 8 months old, with facial stitches at the pound, they were going to kill him, but a woman from a Berkeley rescue group bailed him out for me.
I learned how to say "NO!" to barking, biting, moving off his bed, crowding me, etc.
I had a dog bed on a wool carpet for him in the livingroom and at the foot of my bed. I had to block him in with gates initially for his livingroom bed or he would be right against me. Eating at the dinner table if he got past the livingroom child gate he would be right against me. Could not use the toilet or shower, tie my shoes without him wanting to be against me. Imagine a 65lb puppy - I originally thought he was full grown when I got him - trying to lean against you.
I had a shoe box top that I was carrying and noticed he got on his bed when I walked by. He was also vicious towards boxes. I made a big mistake at always having a shallow box or top of box between the livingroom and kitchen. I would just pick it up and he would stay away from me and get on his bed. In the house, I only played with him on the livingroom floor otherwise he was on his bed - no free run of the house. He had free run from his livingroom and bedroom bed to outside the back door only and laundry room food/water. He only has the livingroom bed now and has no need to be near me in the bedroom anymore.
He was so slow when it came to training compared to other dogs I had, I thought he must be brain damaged from whatever fight he had gotten into. I would classify him as ornery the first year that I had him.
I moved the doormats he continued to pee on out to the front yard and put newspapers in the yard. It seemed to work. He started peeing on the lawn. As long as I did not leave a newspaper or magazine on the floor in the house for the first few months.
I incorrectly used the box top in the bedroom and livingroom so he stayed on his bed and when I wanted him to quit leaning on me. I just picked it up.
Anyway the stern "NO" worked the best. Hot sauce and bad flavored sauces did not work. He licked them off. Limiting his area and training him to approach the couch area to be pet/hugged worked well over time. He quit viciously clamping down on hands, arms and legs with the "NO" command. He is everyone's best friend now. It is hard to keep kids and people away from him. People rarely recognized that he is a Chesapeake and not a lab. He will not lean anymore, but will turn around and sit on stranger's feet to be pet.
Physical Negative Training
I incorrectly used the box top by just lifting it up. This can be similar to the smack on the muzzle or butt when correcting a bite.
When a child comes to pet with a raised hand, the conditioned dog may expect a smack.
Since my dog's need was to be in constant contact leaning against me, isolation as punishment would not work. Ignoring him would invite him to bite through an electrical cord or climb into my bed. The Costco dog bed on a wool carpet at the foot of my bed for the first year seemed to reduce this need to be near right up against me. Also throwing a ball in the park in the morning and evening released a lot of pent-up energy that would have been released by damage inside my home.
Last edited by cmburch; 08-03-2008 at 11:06 PM.
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She's darling! Does she smile yet? Chessies smile. It looks a bit menacing but it's a smile.
Our puppy is 13 weeks and we put her in her crate when she gets tired on and off. She naps better in her crate kind of like a baby would in a crib.
We try to make her crate a happy place and never put her in to punish etc.
My inlaws always have chessies. Currently there are 4 in two different houses. They can be aggressive to people they don't know and other dogs. I would take the advice to really socialize and get her used to the mail man, UPS man. Have people come to the door and give her a treat etc. On the other hand, we go once per year to visit and they know us. They run right up with their teeth baring smile. We won't take our dogs to visit them though.
Don't give up on having her get along with other dogs. Also, don't wait too long if you are adding a second dog. We waited a year and I think that was almost too long. 7 months would have been better. My older dog would have been so much happier with another puppy at 6 or 7 months than she is a 1. They seem to grow up at about 11-12 months but it could just be my dog.
Last edited by Cobalt; 08-03-2008 at 09:53 PM.
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She doesnt like the rain and storms. She isnt afraid of them but she wont relieve herself outside if its raining or if its thundering...she squats for 2 sec runs to the door and then goes inside and poops or pees inside....Whats the deal...
The next time it's stormy, take her quietly near the window and just watch for a bit. Don't react to the storm, pretend it's a good thing, give treats. I have tried to potty a dog under an umbrella before so I was very happy that my two puppies like rain and don't mind thunder.
Its funny you say to buy that book cause i was doing some research and bought that book before i read your reply. Thank you for the advice.
Wolters also has a few DVDs. Water Dog & Family Dog & Gun Dog. Pretty good stuff. You can find similar dog training video snipits on You Tube. I actually rented them with one of the major online DVD rental companies (I utilized my 2 week free trial to view them).
Most folks would agree that your puppy is ready to begin some basic obedience skills. Wolters would say he's ready for pre-school and it's all about having fun learning obedience commands.
Stick with it. A well trained dog is something to be very proud of and will make for a very enjoyable experience.