Supermommy, I saw that you recently adopted a Dalmatian. Well, mine is 17 weeks old and he has become quite a handful!! Maybe you can help? Or anyone? My partner and I haven't had a puppy in 11 years (our Boxer died this year) and we thought we were doing everything right but now we are wondering if we have or not. Floyd went well at puppy school, learned to sit, drop, shake etc and was nearly toilet trained. But the last 2 weeks have been pretty bad. He is more attached to my partner who works away from home for 20 hours per week and at home the rest. I work about 50 hours away from home. I am wondering if he thinks my partner is No 1, he is No 2 and I am No 3. I'm not too sure. I did all the formal training etc too. How do I overcome becoming No 3? He is getting really bitey and actually ran up yesterday and nipped my arm so there was a little raised red half circle -- but there was NO agression whatsoever. It looked to me like a playful nip. When we try to pat him, he often tries to turn his head around chew our hand. Sometimes he closes his mouth and won't open...but this is a game. Is this just puppy behaviour? I know they say don't hit/smack dogs but we were tapping his nose and say NO if he was being naughty like had his head in the bird cage etc...well now he thinks this is a game and tries to bite. He is never agressive when he bites, it just seems playful but I am worried that if he did to a baby or child what he did to my arm yesterday, it could be pretty frightening fo the kid. We can't remember if this is normal or not??? When he gets on the spare bed, he won't listen when we say get off -- every time we have to physically pull him off...it's getting a little annoying now -- I mean, EVERY TIME??? Also, he ran away from us twice yesterday when he was out the gate and just ran and ran and ran and wouldn't stop for about 100 metres. We thought he was going to run out to the road. It was horrible. And we started letting him sleep on the bed. Now he has a special chair in the bedroom pushed right up to the bed -- and he WILL NOT use it. Likes to sit on it but wants to sleep on our bed -- and now suddenly wants to sleep at the top of my pillow. Always mine too but maybe because I am a lot smaller than my partner and my side has more room. Is this a dominance thing him sleeping on my pillow? I feel so hopeless...we thought we were doing well with him but it seems not. Also, another major problem is that we let him stay inside when we go to work until he had had his 3 first shots in case he somehow managed to go over or under our fence and wasn't fully vaccinated and caught something. However, he is now fully vaccinated and he HATES, and I mean HATES being outside by himself. If we close the door, he goes crazy. How are we going to start leaving him outside by himself when we go to work (for 5 hours max at a time) if he carries on like he is dying of pain? What have we done? What should we do? Sometimes it feels he is taking over!! Sorry it's so long -- I feel a little freaked out about him now. I love him heaps but if we don't do something soon, I feel he may get out of hand....or maybe some of this is just normal puppy behaviour? Oh why can't we remember what puppies are like!?!?!?!?
Dalmatians LOVE being around people and hate being outside all day. They crave their masters. As far as the jumping, nipping, getting on your bed, etc...put a short lead on your dog(12 inches). You may have to dut a nylon leash to do this. Leave it on your dog at all times. When the dog jumps up on you pull down on the lead to a sit or a down then pet him. Never pet him or pay any attention until he is at a down or sit. Keep a small handful or kibble or low-protien treats in your pocket to encourage the down after youv'e petted him. As soon as you see that dog on your bed pull him off abruptly (with intention but not enough to hurt him). A low growling 'down.' You need to set you boundaries here. Don't let the dog on the bed or anywhere bove the floor for a full month. After this time you can invite him up only when you are already there and make him get down before you get up for another month. This will teach the dog that you are unquestionably the BOSS. Dalmatians get just as big as most Boxers you need to control this dog. Dalmatians also need a lot of excersize. Playing fetch (properly) or running with him an hour a night will help with the bonding and help him gett out all of that energy. Keep him in a crate when you are not home. As I said before Dalmatians love their people and this is how he knows you. Your odors are in the home. Put on old uncleaned shirt in his crate to let him know you are close by. I will look up a couple of training books I have read and post them. They will help quite a bit. This dog is still young. Don't feel discourage. You can get through this with your new dog and still have a great companion.
Adoptable dog : teaching your adopted pet to obey, trust, and love you / John Ross and Barbara McKinney and The complete idiot's guide to choosing, training, and raising a dog / by Sarah Hodgson. If your library has an online service us it to find local books that are free to borrow. These are just two. The first one I have read. It is preety good written by a profesional pet trainer in Florida. The second I haven't read, but I have heard of people having good luck with it. It is a newer book and will probably be easy for you to find. In the last post I forgot to mention the importance of teaching your puppy a 5 inute down stay. This is a great way to get your dog to be out of the way and helps show you as the boss. Have your dog on a lead and make him stay for a full 5 minutes be there( not staring at him but being able to correct coming up from the stay). You can do this while on the computer or watching TV. After the dog successfully does this everyday for a week take the lead off. Do this every day for a month. I ussually tie a lead to my hip and make the dog walk around with me for a day or two. A book I read suggested a full month of basic training boot camp where the dog would be teathered to you, made to do a 5 minute down stay everyday, have a 2 word eye contact talk everyday, and warning talks. This is done for one full month. I always warn my dogs of things they are not supposed to do. My lhasa would not dream of walking out the front door or eating a sandwich my toddler throws on the floor. She knows the warning. I growl at my dogs. My hubby thinks it is funny but it works. This is how dogs train each other. Before walking out the front door I growl and say "don't walk out this door' and they don't. Also, don't make eye contact with your dog all of the time keep your eyes two inches above the head to show dominance. Okay....I will stop now. There is a lot of this informatioin in the books.
i don't have a dalmation, but i know they are very, very active. take all the advice above! he is taking over. don't reach over his head to pet him. some dogs can see that as a challenge. scratch him under the chin or on the chest. i would also get into good a basic obedience class now. he's done with puppy training and he needs the next step. work with him daily. have him neutered at 6 months (my standard advice.) very important to not let him on the bed, or even on the chair by the bed. have him sleep on the floor or in a crate. don't give him any attention unless he obeys a command like sit or down first. dalmations need lots and lots of exercise. good luck!
Our little dachshund does that too.she nips and turnes her head to nip when she wants to be left alone. I would recomend getting a cage [Kennel] for her to dleep in at night it might take a while for her to get useto but it works. when she gets big she`s going to get use to sleeping with you. that is not good. tapping her on the nose is a good way of teaching her . Don`t roll up news paper and hit her on the bum that`s what our friends did now when they read the paper the dog freaks out. they didn`t hit her hard just a tap but she didn`t like that. Hope this helps good luck dachdhund luvr
Thanks everyone. Today I read again what I wrote yesterday and I sound like a raving lunatic! I was just really stressed out about him yesterday and on the weekend. I felt like I was totally losing control and didn't know what to do. The strange thing is that last night he was an angel! I read our puppy school info again and we had forgotten about the clapping technique. We started to clap REALLY loudly when he was being naughty and he absolutely hated it and stopped doing whatever he was doing. At least that's a start. Tonight I will start on all the other advice I received from you all. Cheers again. Susan