My husband and I had a 6 month old husky when we decided to rescue an American Eskimo Spitz (Lily) from "a back yard breeder" that got shut down. One of our main reasons was we were expecting a baby and our husky was very dependant on us. So, we figured adding another dog to our family would not only benefit us but as well as our husky. (a playmate.) Starting off with Lily was your typical 8 week old puppy stuff. Nothing out of the ordinary, and her and our husky got along great! We have crate trained both of our dogs. Our husky is 10 months old now & is completely reliable, where Lily is 6 months and even though she "knows" to go outside, she will go anywhere. We have Lily gated off into our entire kitchenette area that has the door to the back yard. Usually when she needs to go outside, she jumps onto the glass and we let her out. But then she also has accidents around the floor in that area, and if we let her out of that area. (i.e. our bed, carpet, any rug, towel, etc.) We have done everything to potty train this puppy. We have tried puppy pads in the area, but she eats them, along with everything else she can put in her mouth. She has eaten through a wall in our house, she eats towels, destroys her toys to the point there isn't anything left to them. (She eats it.) And finally, last but not least, she is the most hyper-active, schizo dog I have ever seen. Now, I say this all with absolute love for this dog, but I am due in 1 month to have our first baby, and there is no progress in training our poor Lily. She refuses to listen, and when we reprimand her for wrongdoing, she wags her tail and looks at you. If you pick her up she just goes crazy!!!! I have seen plently of hyper dogs, and I know her breed is generally a hyper breed, but it can't be this intense. She is NEVER calm. Now when she plays with our husky, its constantly biting her legs and ears and face, growling at her, and being hateful.
I know all of this is scatter-brained, but I'm worn out. My husband runs her every day and its still just not enough to tame the beast. Please help our family!
The answer lies probably in two things: (1) more exercise, and (2) obedience classes. We have a 6 m.o. brittany, and this combination is working for us.
One "run" may not be enough. Your pup probably needs more mental and physical exercise. Try to get more than one walk in per day. And remember that a walk is more than physical exercise -- it's mental stimulation, too. Make sure she gets a chance to do some sniffing and exploring.
The pup really needs to learn who's boss. Does she understand she needs to behave at meal time? Have you done any formal training at all?
As a dog groomer, I have seen some extremly hyper spitz, so from what you are describing sounds pretty normal for a puppy of that age.
Definatly get her into obedance classes asap. She needs some real direction. Consider and x-pen as her area instead of the kitchen. It gives her less area, but she chew up less. Consider eatable toys, such as rawhides or hard bones. Kongs are great to when stuff with a good filling. Try teaching her a fetch game, and on her walks/runs take her some place(or your back yard) and play some games with her that can burn some of that energy. I am sure it is very taxing right now with the baby comming, but things will come. Not all breeds learn at the same pace, and esp. since who knows how well she is bred.
Is she destructive when you aren't home? If so, it may not simply be excess energy and boredom, it may be separation anxiety, and, unfortunately, there is no quick fix. Google or Bing it to see if your pup meets the criteria.
As for the inappropriate pottying, I'd start from scratch. I know, easy to say, harder to do.
Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family!
Thank you all so much for your advice. My husband and I decided that the Xpen might be a better idea then the whole kitchen. So, we have given Lily her own "space" and seperated her and our husky for the time being. So far she seems a little less obnoxious. ( I guess there is less for her to get distracted by in such a smaller area! )
As for the potty training, you're probably right about starting over. So since we have done the Xpen, it has taken away the backdoor. We will just have to take her out of the pen to take her outside.
AS for when we are gone, she is always crated. We crate both dogs when we are unablle to supervise them.
Obedience classes..? Any suggestions where? Also, do you think an agility class/activity would be more stimulating for her?