hi folks, i'm wondering if perhaps my dog is mentally challenged or imbalanced.He is a mongrel terrier and i love him yet he is hard work.i got him from a pound 9 months ago so he is nearly one.He occassionally urinates in the house and is very difficult to walk as he pulls and drags like crazy.i got a choke chain to see if he would chill,no effect,still the same.he is brilliant with my little boy and puts up with alot.he has an adorable but kinda funny look in his eyes and a vet once said to me "he looks a bit funny doesn't he".please help
Do you know why dogs pull on there leash????? Cause they know it makes there human go forward. Stop going forward when the dog pulls. With a terrier, this could take hours upon hours for the dog to stop pulling, but eventually it will work.
There also could be medical reason for the behavior. Have you had the dogs hearing check or it's eyes examined? Might be time for a visit to the neurologist or opthomologist. Just to rule out health reasons.
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Ok, I'll try and give an intelligent answer. First, have you tried walking him with a well fitting harness, instead of a collar and leash? Maybe the funny look in his eye is that he's got one of many different weird eye positionings, none of which have anything to do with his intelligence. As for peeing in the house, do you have him crate trained, and how often is he left alone? Be sure to scrub the urine marks if you know where they are..which leads me to ask another question, is he neutered? Let us know how you make out.
All a choke chain does is bruise your dogs throat, not something thats going to make him stop most likely. My eldest pulled me across my house with one on when I first got him. I outweighed him 175lbs to 60lbs. He didn't even blink until he got to the back door to sit down to go out. That being said have you thought about a Gentle Leader halter? They can be kind of pricey compared to a regular/choke collar but I've had the same one for ten years now which works out to $2 or less a year. A couple days worth of training and he adores it. My youngest is under 5 months and also adores his. Halter=walk=fun.
Definitely make sure ALL the urine smell is gone, if you have carpet it might pay to get it steam cleaned or see if a neighbor/friend/relative has one of those wet steam vacs you can borrow to do it yourself. It takes alot of solution to get the padding to not smell. Crate training is the best solution as is making sure he goes out often and you know when he wants out. Mine sit at the door and bump jingle bells to ask to go out.
The smarter the dog the harder to train, the more you become frustrated, but the more rewarding it is in the end. Limit training sessions to 15minutes. Use a kitchen timer if you lose track of time. Also have you tried clicker training? He would probably like it alot. Google Karen Pryor for her website with tips, articles and videos.