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Hi all, so basically we've had our puppy for around 8 months now. We got her at the pound when she was 10 weeks old. She's a mixed breed, looks like collie/husky/lurcher. As a very young puppy she was quite well behaved but as time progressed her behaviour just got more and more out of control. One of the first problems we encountered with her was her biting. Even after she'd past the teething stage she would bite quite hard at our feet and ankles. At the start it seemed playful but then it became more aggressive, she would be particularly rough with my sister, biting her and pouncing at her. Trying to distract her or showing her an alternative toy to play with did nothing to tackle this problem and at times it became impossible to even pull her away. Fortunately, she grew out of this with time but even now, whenever she's excited (which is pretty much all the time) she starts to "play fight" but she'll bite and even shows her teeth sometimes. We can't get her to just sit quietly with us for any length of time before she starts doing this.
When she doesn't get attention or is getting frustrated while waiting for us to get ready to take her for a walk, she'll jump and bark at us. Her jumping up is also a big problem, though I believe its our fault for encouraging her to jump up when we're greeting her. She jumps up and down constantly and also runs and jumps at us.. and she's not a light dog so this is becoming a big problem.
She also pulls on her lead constantly and is terrible in the car, crying and barking and biting whoever is in the passenger seat the whole way...

At first I thought it was my fault and that I wasn't putting enough effort into training her, but I'm telling you, despite my best efforts she is impossible to train. She has a ridiculously short attention span, even for a puppy, and she's extremely excitable and impossible to engage with. She just doesn't listen, she doesn't seem to respond to treats or any kind of positive reinforcement, she just does her own thing. And it's not through lack of trying because we actually also took her to puppy class and even the teacher who was a nationally renowned professional dog trainer couldn't do anything with her!
I'm considering sending her to Dog's Trust for rehoming because I just think she'd perhaps be better off in a more experienced home. We can't keep her in the house because she just runs about and chews things up and just generally wrecks the place so she's just kept outside most of the day and I don't think it's fair on her.
I know this will all sound like normal puppy behaviour, and it is, except it's to the absolute extreme. I just can't keep up with her. Please help?!
 

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I think NILIF training might be your friend here. You want to show that the dog that her attention-seeking behaviors don't work. More than anything, many young dogs HATE to be ignored. When she's jumping and barking at you for attention, just ignore her. Don't say anything, don't look at her. Because these behaviors have worked in the past, she may get frustrated and try harder, but eventually, she WILL figure out that it will get her nowhere. The same principle applies for leashing. Your dog should be made to sit and wait patiently before before leashed and taken for a walk. Don't leash her until she is sitting calmly, otherwise, no walk. This is command training as much as it is shaping behavior.

Additionally, I like to sporadically reward calm behaviors. When my dog is laying calmly, I go to him and pet him, tell him "good boy", give him a treat. This has made a huge difference for us. Especially during his bratty puppy phase.

It sounds like she lacks good bite inhibition. What is your response when she nips at you? Try squeeling loudly or something to that effect, conveying that it HURTS. If you're playing at she bites out of excitement, then play time is over. She'll learn.

Is she crated when you're not supervising? If not, jump on that. That is a failsafe way of curbing destruction.
 

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though I believe its our fault for encouraging her to jump up when we're greeting her.
yup! Random reinforcement is the most powerful form of reinforcement. (This entirely explains casinos.) If you ever reward her for jumping, she'll keep jumping. Every single time she jumps, everyone needs to snootily turn their head and refuse to acknowledge her existence. When she stops jumping, shower her with praise and treats. Note: There's a thing called "extinction burst" when, right before training is about to work, the dog doubles down on the unwanted behavior. Do not give up! This means the training is working, just stick with it. Remember, bad attention is still attention. So yelling at her, pushing her away, etc. is still reinforcing jumping.

I also agree with Kuma'sMom. This dog is young and a mix of high energy breeds and she sounds like she's burning up with unused energy. Increased walking, play time and mental activity like feeding from a treat toy and training may help more than you realize.
 
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