Ok so angel was progressing nicely she waslistening she is house broken she loves being outside and was getting better but all of a sudden it is like hse is a diffrent dog. She does what she wants when she wants and refuses to listen. I use to be able to play catch with her outside and well we still do but when we are done if i don't immediately grab her she runs off and refuses to come back until she is ready. There is a serious leash law in my town and i can't have her running the way she does. So how do i convince her that i am boss not her? i cannot get her to stop nipping the children this has ben the worst thing since we got her she is constantly nipping the children and hurting them and my husband is on the verge of making her disappear. I can't have that happen please help me? i have tried nilf i have tried the treat thing to get her to cooperate. Please help me...i am soo frustrated right now...i love her to death and i refuse to get rid of her but i feel lost...any advice?
You are dealing with the same issue my future mother in law had with her husky mix. She simply has a dominant personality.
As far as letting a pup off of a leash, really not a good idea. You may want to consider some type of fencing or even getting the sturdy longer leads that retract. A good start for any pup is a training class that does the basics sit, stay, & come. Get the children and hubby involved also; by practicing routines at night. Crate training is another great way to establish safety along with control.
Nipping the children is a serious no-no, and you should seek training or a behaviorist as soon as possible. In the mean time if you look at the other post their are other methods of possibly making the pup stop. If the pup is younder they are simply testing and don't understand that biting hurts you; by producing a high pitched whimper this may discourage the pup from biting hard. Hand playing and mouthing is a major no-no also games like tug of war can introduce dominant and aggressive behaviors. Shaking a can full of pennies or using a closed hand signal with a quick NO BITE may stop the pup (She uses hand signals and it has done wonders).
Good luck with your pup & if you work hard with your pup you will find it was all worth while!
thanks i will try the hand signals..she is very smart and she is going to basic ob classes next month it is just overwhelming sometimes...she looks sibe acts sibe sometimes i wonder where the mix comes from! Lolol thanks for the advicei was major overwhelmed earlier oh and she is crate trained thank god for it. It is heaven sent sometimes for both her and the rest of us. thanks for the info
Keep in mind that all dogs go through challengeing stages, if they get anywhere with those challenges, they may start to defend those challenges that he won.There should be no punishments, keep up with the training, keep the dog on a schedule, and do not free feed.Make the dog work for everything.Most dogs go through one around 6 months, less for smaller dogs.