I have a 6 mth old female blue heeler. She has picked up most areas of traing very easily except two. (1) She gets really really excited and takes forever to calm down. This isn't a bad thing in itself but when she completely ignores you it becomes a different matter. (2) She is obssessed with food. Whenever I go into the kitchen she follows whenever I eat shes in my face, even if she has just been feed and regardless of how much she eats she still wants everything elses. Please help me someone.
Sounds like she's trying to train you and let you know how things are supposed to go in her world. As far as the food thing - ignore her. Don't scold her - just keep eating and ignore her. The first time you give her food while she's begging she's going to expect it from then on. She'll know that if she tries hard enough she'll get what she wants. As far as her excitement, wait until she's done and give her a command (sit, for instance.) Praise her. Or even praise her when she calms down. Do as she's doing to you - ignore her until she's finished. Do not reward her hyper behavior or she'll think that it's OK. GL
I can relate to the food obsession thing particularly with our 2 beagles. I got so sick of it that I finally decided that when someone is eating, they are made to lay down and stay until the eating is all done. I became very strict and consistant about this and it removed a thousand pounds of frustration from our household.
As far as the high energy thing, we also experienced that with our 5 month old Dobermann. We very easily solved that by taking her on two daily walks. One in the am and one in the pm. It's not a liesurely stroll where she can smell the roses and explore what she wants. We make her walk at a steady clip and make it become her "job". This solved the hyper problem in conjunction with TOTALLY and COMPLETELY ignoring her whenever she began to act in a too excitable state. I have also heard that for very high energy dogs, if the walking is quite enough to do the trick, you can add a doggie back-pack for them to carry. Just fill it with your cell phone, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle. From what I've read, 12% of your dogs body weight is a safe amount. Also, it's ok to put the pack on them for certain "work" periods during the day while at home.
I have a nine month old male Blue Heeler and I have taken him to dog training. My dog is very very energetic. FOr getting him to settle what we were told to is this: Put the leash on the dog and have her on your left side Tell her nicely "down (Name)" then if she doesnt go down tell her a little more forcefull down and if she doesnt go you step on the leash right by her collar so she has no choice but to lay down then tell her Good down (keep your foot on the leash the whole time). But dont touch her yet. Then you keep repeating the 'good down' praise and then tell her to "settle" When your dog has settled she will be laying on her side (try to get her feet away from you) and watch her to see if she licks her nose, this is a sign of submission when she does this, lots of praise "good settle" WHen she has calmed down enough you can reach down start at her head and pet her face, then down her neck and back tummy and feet(this also will help her get used to touch)if she gets excited, stop touching stand up and tell her to settle again and just keep following through with it, We were told to do this 2-3 times a day with Koda it teaches them #1 that you are boss, that when they submit to you (you can tell when they lick their nose) they are being good dogs and it teaches them the comand "settle" which I have used many times with Koda. At first i didnt think it would work because he would nip and run around ALL the time. But the trainer said Heelers are extremly smart dogs and they will pick it up but be persistant because they are stobborn. Now If Koda is acting up at the wrong time I tell him down and settle and he does it with out using the leash. IT took us 2.5 months of doing this 2x a day for 20 min each time for him to get it. Also another bit of info ive picked up along the way is with your dogs food, it is recomended to have a food with at least 30% crude proten because heelers are so active. When we switched Koda he seemed much more content with it and he was less agressive because I think he was getting more of what his little body needed. The other thing is insane amounts of exersize. Two good runs a day will can help keep their attitude in check. As far as the food mooching goes. Do you feed your dog before you eat or after? If you make your dog lay down or go to their bed while you are eating and then feed them after i found it really helps to keep them from trying to steel your food, because they know that if they go and lay down when you are done they will get their dinner. Are you kennel training her? My heeler is finaly mellowing out now that he is nine months old... Hang in there they are wonderful dogs to have but can be troublesome if not trained. Good luck and If i can help more please just let me know(I hope this helps) :)