Ok, I have had my little Min Pin for two years & he is getting into trouble all of the time. He is nipping at me & my kids. He sees anyone walking past our home......He goes crazy. He loves to be outside, but doesn't listen to me at all. He will take off & not come back for an hour or more. I have tried everything & now I'm lost. My little girls are scared of him & so am I sometimes. My husband he will listen to, but he is gone a lot on the road. I worry he will hurt someone. I made a big mistake by giving him everything & now he is spoiled! HELP! I don't want to send him away!!!
First remember that you are the person and he is the dog. He is a spoilt brat. Invest in a leash and keep it on him so that he dosent have the chance to run away.
Muzzle him if you must if he just nips for no reason.
Read about the Nothing in life is Free program and follow it.
Take him to obedance class.
Right now you are allowing him to be in charge. Take back the leadership of the house. Don't allow him to do what he wants and certainly don't allow him to just 'run away'. Get a crate and use it to control and restrain him.
Lots of exercise will help too. I walk my Min Pins 3 times a day and it helps keep them calm.
They need some basic obedience. If you have never taught a dog basic obedience, I would go to a good training class or get private lessons. Sit and stay and down and stay are very important and can calm them down.
As stated above, the NILIF program is probably something that would help you a lot. We have taught our dogs to sit calmly before getting any treats or any food.
Have your children participate in their training so your Min Pin will know they are pack leaders over your dog.
Min Pins are known to take over if you let them. Your Min Pin may resist new rules at first but be consistent. Behavior that worked before may increase before you extinguish it. They will at first try harder to get their way when that is what they are used to.
Stay calm and firm. If you get excited, so will your dog.
Do not let your dog in the yard without a fence or leash. They are known to run off after something and can dart in front of a car or get into some other trouble. They are also known for darting out doors so you have to watch that.
You need some help. I would suggest that you find a dog trainer who will come to your house and work with your whole family. This sounds like you have gone beyond the help of a dog training class, you need some one on one training. Just your family, the dogs and the trainer.
Look for a trainer who has years of experience. Ask to speak with past clients, three or four. ALSO, ask to meet the trainers personal dogs. This is a biggy. There are 'expert' trainers out there who do not even own dogs, or their own dogs are big problems.
DO not hire the first trainer you speak with. Talk to three our four trainers before you make up your mind.
If you can find someone good, and that is not easy, the money you spend is worth every sent. A good trainer puts his/her heart and soul into their work. They will become friends you need, and support you must have.
Find someone you trust, and then follow their advice.
Good luck on this. And keep the faith in your little dogs. They need you.
I have a min pin....take the advice they are giving you! They have really helped me! I walk mine allllooooot and I am really seeing a difference! In classes now $120.00 for 12 1 hour classes. I had alot of barking and nipping LOL but the trainer had me get some bitters apple (yuck stuff taste terrible) and when he would nip at me (this happens when I am leaving the house) I put a lil squirt in his mouth with a firm no......well almost no squirts now all I have to do is grab the bottle ......he knows! I have found that the problem with min pins....is they are to smart for their own good! We also got him a buster cube...it is a toy that is a puzzle in how to get the treats out he loves that! These dogs loves to be challenged! Hope this helps and read other threads....it has helped me! Dee & Rocky