Hi I got a new dog last year in June, and I need help. I feel like she is too old to be doing some of the things she does. She still bites her leash on walks, and jumps all over it when we walk. When someone walks in the door she jumps all over them and even bites them, but does a 'happy tinkle'. But she doesn't bite them in defense, she thinks biting is still playing around she bites everyone and thinks its a game. No matter how many time I say no she continues to think I'm playing around. When people are over, I don't know how to calm her down, I've tried so many things that cease to work. Every toy I buy her is chewed apart and thrown away in a couple of days. I want to blame the dog, but I feel like I'm the bad owner. It is my first time owning a dog and I think I am a terrible one at that. Please help!
Retired sire/dam or not, no animal should be sold because they can not breed anymore. They'd kill joy of breeding for love.
Owning a dog for the 1st time is always an interesting experience. My fiancÚ and I have had our AM Bully for 8 months and this is our first time with this breed. We have learned a lot and at times have had the same feelings of being a bad owner. Do not get discouraged! How old is your dog now?
For the biting issue; If our pup bites us we tell her no and replace our hand with a chew toy. I have found out that a tire rope toy works the best. You can find them at petsmart or Petco. They last a really long time even with the heavier chewers. If your dog still bites and is relentless the next step is to remove her from the area and give her a short 5 minute time out. Daisy was a really bad case of nipping when she got excited and we have resulted to a muzzle (typically I've never liked the muzzle idea, however I've researched it and use it properly for a short 2 minutes timeout and it's really cleared up her biting and barking.) Now I can just show her the muzzle and she knows to quiet if she won't listen to the command.
On to the guests; If you know your guests will be arriving at a certain time, try to take your dog on a walk to wear her out. If she is tired out she's more likely not to get overly excited. Dogs can get over excited to the point where no commands will get their attention. Something I have seen done with other trainers and I have used as well is either keeping the dog leashed while the guest enters and until the dog settles down or even putting the dog away until he/she has calmed down and can greet the guest properly. If the dog jumps on the guest while sitting down take the leash and the dog out of the area where she can't see anyone but you until she calms down and re-enter the room. Sometimes this can take a few tries but is well worth it.
With the leash issue, have you tried using a harness where it attaches to the back to where the dog can't really reach the leash?
Hope this helps and gives you a few ideas! It doesn't matter the age of the dog.. they are always willing to learn if you give them the chance!
I understand it is hard to work with dogs if you are a first time dogs. My lab is a heavy chewer and i could not find anything that worked. I personally would not try the tire rope. I tried it with my lab and it lasted a night. I use nylabones with him and they work great. With the leash problem, i would suggest tightening the leash when u are walking with your dog. That way it is more difficult for then to reach it. and it teaches ur dog to stay at your side. I do not like halters personally because they can encourage a dog to pull. I use a choke chain on my dogs and the respond to it very well. With the biting the hands issue. I personally dont think it hurts to give a little pat on the nose along with a verbal warning. I have used this with my dogs on about every thing they do wrong and it seems to work. Now im not saying that u have to hit it. just a light tap with distracte them from it.