I have had Duke (a 3 year old Lab/Shepherd mix) for almost two years, I adopted him from my work (a shelter). He was super obedient, and listened to every command, and didn't jump up.
(He grew up at the shelter, adopted and returned for various reasons)
As the time passed, I started to let little things slip, telling myself he is just trying to live the puppyhood he was denied. I am also guilty of enabling this issues, and showing praise, instead of a proper correction.
I have looked into obedience classes, but due to my financial situation, I cannot afford a good trainer.
Long story short, I am failing my dog. I need to learn how to be a better alpha mother, and provide Duke with consistent, yet-loving training.
Some of the issues I have created include;
1. excessive barking at EVERYTHING 2. Jumps on people and will force his face right in front of others. 3. Does not calm down, and runs zoomies in the house, and OVER the furniture. 4. Will only sit or lay down when we are alone, or I have a treat.
This is very embarrassing for me, you would think someone who deals with people turning animals over for behaviour issues, would have more control.
I just need some help and tips on doing this better. please KNOW this is in no way Duke's fault, he is a very good boy, just has a lame mom.
You love your dog, and you're willing to address his issues, so how could you be letting him down? It's great that you acknowledge the need to take charge to keep you both happy...and sane!
For the barking and the other behavior that is unacceptable, you said it yourself: you've been praising where you should be firmly correcting. I'm no trainer, and if you aren't in a position to hire one, there are some decent sources on line. One example is a site called Watch and train: http://www.watchandtrain.com It has short training videos and instructions for common behavior problems, and it's free. There may be other sites out there; this is just one I've seen a number of times.
For the running, or zooming, around the house, your energetic dog just needs more exercise. Unless they have an injury or other physical limitations, all dogs need at least 30-20 minutes of rigorous exercise each day, and as much as 2 hours depending on the breed. A good long walk a couple of times each day, a game of chase outside, some tug-of-war inside...just examples of things to get your dog moving. As we say where I work, a happily tired dog is a good dog. If you don't have time to give your dog the exercise he needs, dog treadmills and treadwheels might be a responsible choice for you.