i have quite the dilemma that could mean my puppy could be taken from me if he doesnt get his act together.
My corgi, Jynx is around 7 months old and well, needs to be neutered. (Its happening soon, but as of now we have one car and the appointments keep getting canceled because of it)
Well, All my furbaby does is bark! But only when my entire family is home. When its just he and I he'll play, sleep and chase the cats without barking. When everyone comes home he is aggressive and VERY vocal.
He has been nipping and biting hands and feet and it has gotten to the point where my father is fed up with it and would like to get rid of my puppy. (however in this family I find that we'd sooner get rid of my father.. )
Now I love my dog more than you can imagine and i dont know what I would do without him and I cannot BARE to see him gone. What can I do to get him to stop his aggressive behavior and barking other than getting him fixed? This is very important.. Thank you in advance.
It sounds like he is looking for attention and wanting to play, not aggression. He needs to get to some obedience classes and your entire family needs to work together to teach him not to bite and how to initiate play.
It could be, but not always. Sometimes it can be solved by throwing a toy.. he'll bring it back but not give it back. Sometimes you can start playing and he'll keep nipping and biting at hands and feet. My dad is afraid he might bite someones face.
i would grab the puppy firmly but not hard enought ot make them yelp by the scruff and tell him "no you do not do that" i talk to my dogs as if they were people, not for the dog but for me. the dog does not understand the words. but whe you yell, no or something like that it usually comes accross as excitement verbalizing more will get your demenor more serious and direct. and then i would give the dog an appropriate toy. then praise calmly "that's good boy, good dog."
Corgi's are herding dogs. A lot of their herding instincts are vocal because of their size - so it's not really aggression there, but an instinct that needs to be redirected.
The same goes with the nipping. All puppies play bite, but herding breeds play bite more than most I've found because it was part of how they would herd. Again, the behavior needs to be redirected. It is NOT aggression.
I would STRONGLY suggest you look at an obedience class - and take one of the kids along with you each time so that the puppy learns to understand that your kids are higher in the pack order than he is. He probably is more mouthy when the kids are home because he views them as "littermates" rather than a pack leader. You can start to remedy this by having nightly training sessions with the puppy and one of your children (with you supervising). Also let one of the kids give him his food bowl at meal times. This also shows them as a provider and more "alpha" dog.
Don't encourage the biting and barking by starting to play with the dog. Start with you doing the discipline because he seems to more understand that you are the boss, but gently (gently!!) grab him by the scruff of the neck, make eye contact and tell him no. He he continues to bark and nip after you have scolded him 3 times - give him a time out so that he understands if he misbehaves, the game ends. A time out doesn't need to be more than 5 or 10 minutes long (dogs have short short term memories).
Neutering will help A LOT. He is getting to experience all of his teenage hormones right now, which is probably making the behavior worse. Also consider he is the equivilant of a 12-13 year old boy right now. It's normally for them to be rebellious and stubborn at this age.
He needs a firm hand and consistent training more than anything else. Don't get rid of the dog. He'll only become someone else's problem. If you work with him - and I mean WORK with him for a month or two he will be a great dog. But at this age, because he's been allowed to misbehaved, it's going to take a little more work and reinforcement then it would at a younger age. He's still young and it sounds like he WANTS to please you - which are great signs. Don't give up! Good luck!
(By the way - I raise Shelties, another herding breed, and have had them in my life for 20 years now. I also just got into the Australian Shepherd breed as well - so herding dogs pretty much are my life!)
Thank you so much. I appreciate this more than you can imagine. Unfortunately, I start school soon but he wont be alone for too long during the day. I'll definitely begin working tomorrow.. he's asleep now.
Even more unfortunately, This all had to be delayed because of the lack of car and having other things to do on saturdays and sundays..
abbylynne, I hope you will be my puppies life saver. I couldnt let him go.
When my 10 month old got 'going' he became very, very vocal, wanted all our attention. We tried everything from ignoring, naughty room timeouts, and scolding. But, we've now been very successful with the squirt bottle, or should I say even the threat of the squirt bottle - it's been rare that we've ever had to squirt him. When he stops barking we give him lots of praise and he's now learning to play without the constant barking. Lots of luck to you and your guy!