My Frenchi is one year old, and has not outgrown what I thought was puppy hyperactivity. When she meets a new person she becomews so excited that she cannot control herself. she jumps on the person and bites his pants and shoes until I pull her away. She is not vicious . She merely wants to play in a very manic way. Also when I am walking her in the street, when a car goes by she gets crazy and tries to chase the car. When she is allowed to roam around my home even for a few minutes without constant supervision she will attack the plants and furniture with a vengence. I have corrected her over and over again, but she does not seem to get it. I have tried putting plastic runners with traction points around the plants, but it didn't even slow her down. Any suggestions would be appreciated?
Your dog needs some basic obedience classes, so that she will learn to focus on you and obey you, instead of spassing out. You can start out by doing a few things. First, if you know guests are coming over, keep her on a leash. In fact, if she's being destructive when you are home, keep her on a leash attached to your waist at all times. Invest in a crate to keep her in when you are too busy to do other things. Sprinkle red cayenne pepper on the plants, so that if she bites them she'll get a mouthful of it. When guests come in, stand on the leash and keep it taunt, so that if she jumps up she will yank on herself and correct herself, you won't have to do anything. Do not touch her or let guests touch her when she jumps up, this rewards the behavior. Totally ignore her, in fact. If she is attacking the furniture, start carrying around a water bottle filled with 1/4 vinegar, and 3/4 water. If you have her on the leash at your side, and you see her going for the furniture, give her a squirt. Dogs hate this smell. With the car training, get a bag of chicken (or some other massively tasty dog treat). Stay a goodly distance away from the road with her on the leash. As soon as she turns toward the car, turn her toward you and stuff her face with chicken and say her name. Gradually move closer to the cars. Any time you say her name and she looks at you, you want to reward her with the chicken. Ideally, she will start learning that when you say her name good things happen and she will start focusing on you, and not the cars. I can't stress the importance of taking her for obedience classes though, and possibly some one on one training with a behaviorist.
I don't want to discourage you but Ozzy is now seven years old and he still runs around like a crazy dog and gets really excited over things.When I first got him he was 2 and just crazy.I did a few years of classes and He started to focus more but he still gets rangy.Compared to my female whos the kind of dog that sits back and waits her turn.Either that or shes to embarrased to be seen with her brother.They are both Frenchies so you know the crazy sounds they make when they are excited. Always remain calm when your handling her.If I want to put Ozzy on his leash sometimes I just stand there with my leash in my hand while he is spinning like a top and after a minute or so he will settle and sit.The leash or collar don't go on till hes still and quiet.