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Dog needs to learn to chill

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we have a 3 year old staff terrier "alli" and a 4 year old chihuahua "chevy". Alli is a very energetic dog which i understand is part of her breed. The issue is that we are having is that she is stubborn, (again another characteristic of her breed) Even to get her to lay on her bed is a huge issue when the family is trying to relax and watch TV. We have to constantly return her to her bed and repeat the stay command. In one ear and out the other. It gets to the point that she gets bannished from the room and has to sit upstairs alone. Chevy listens and stays when we give him the command. If alli is laying on her bed, you move, breathe, look at her, or pay attention to chevy its game over and she is in your face. I dont believe in yelling at pets. But its getting frusterating to the point that i find my self raising my voice and getting angry at her. Does anyone have a bully breed thats as stubborn as ours? What did you do to overcome or focus their energy in another way? (alli cant have treats or bones due to severe allergies)
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Exercise...long walks, get a flirt pole, swimming, etc. All these things will tire any dog out and a tired dog is a happy dog with happy owners.
A flirt pole is.....a pole with rope that has a toy attached at the end of it. You sit there and wave it back and forth or in circles and the dog chases it...10-15 minutes of that and it tires the dog out pretty good. Google...flirt poles on youtube and it will show you videos of it. I have three dogs, but the german shepherd goes crazy for it. Its something you can make on your own, but I just bought one because the quality is much better then what I could come up with.
Mental exercise is also a must...some dogs need this more then physical exercise. Every dog's balance is different, but you can find what works for your dog.
wow the flirt pole is a definate go! Alli is going to love it! Alli gets walked daily after supper for about an hour. She also gets taken to family outtings. And the husband works from home so she gets training daily as well as romps in our back yard. She never gets locked up, she has free range of the house and has never wrecked or destroyed anything. She sits and stays for her food, and she is awesome with other commands, but for some reason the stay command just doesnt get absorbed. She definately gets the attention and training she needs, we just need to figure out how we can get her to stay!
I hope she enjoys it:)
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