He may just be an 'alpha' personality. My jack russell pup is 9 weeks old when he is playing with my little girls he get bouncy and starts barking and growling at her and does sort of pounces!! As for the housetraining problem in your grandma's house, it's likely a combination of him smelling his own scent from previous accidents and the fact that it's a habit for him to go indoors at that house. A barking puppy can drive owners and neighbors crazy. The guidelines on the food bag are just that - guidelines. There are many ways you can stop your dog from barking or growling at you. Many dogs feel threatened when a person they are not comfortable with is approaching. Puppies often tend to nip/chase children, as their high-pitched voices and quick movements trigger both their prey drive, and their play drive! Although you think she gets enough exercise, her behavior is indicating that she doesn't. He could bring treats for the dog like a chew toy or dog bone so the dog will be happy with a treat and busy while you two do human things. If he demands attention from you, i.e. So if you went away on vacation weeks and left your dog with your husband and someone came to stay with your husband the dog would then chose your husband to befriend and the other person would be the one he barks at. You may also want to consider a soft muzzle for her if she's going to be in situations where she's likely to snap or bite, until you can get her behavior modified. I've bonded with Riley (feed, bathe, groom, try to walk him, play with him, etc) although clearly he loves my husband and my hubby is his favorite. Dogs are not always courageous. However, the fact that Tiffany comes back after Molson to reprimand him when he's stepped over the line is a good thing. is important. It will help you both learn to communicate with each other and is a great socialization experience for her. Don't allow her to 'get her own way' using this kind of behavior EVER. ALL puppies regardless of breed should go through at least one course of this type of class (at a very minimum). If she insists on chewing on her leash all the time, try spraying it with bitter apple or smearing it with hot-sauce so that it doesn't taste good to her. He's approx 7-8 lbs. It will help you both learn to communicate better and to understand your relationship. I feed him 2 meals a day, my husband feeds him 1 meal a day. The jumping on people is a problem that needs to be addressed to - but at least this is a 8lb pup and not a 80lb pup you're having to deal with! I'm desperate to get her settled down before its too late! If she has something in her mouth she shouldn't, like a leaf, rock, sock, etc. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me your input. Choosing a selection results in a full page refresh. These breeds often excel at learning tricks and love to perform, this would be another way to help her use up her energy and talent. Spending time with your dog will make them know that you love and care for them. It will help you learn how to communicate better with Molson, and he'll learn to obey commands and listen to you. For really stubborn chewers, or for the times when your pup is hanging on your shoe laces, a small water spray bottle can be very effective. If you touch the bowl he would rather tear your hand off for lack of better term. She will growl harshly and if they try to touch her will snap at them, she hasn't contacted with anyones' flesh yet. Rarely does this sort of interaction draw blood or cause injury. Giving both dogs lots of exercise on a daily basis will also help them (particularly Molson) to use up their excess physical and mental energy. Quite often these episodes occur in the late afternoon/early evening and really are just a way of letting the puppy burn off excess physical and emotional energy. When she does that, I try to bribe her with a treat again. Puppies need firm but loving discipline so that they can learn the house rules, they also need a consistent and predictable routine to feel secure. What do I do?!? We got a new puppy nearly 3 weeks ago, we got her off the dog pound, it was my husband who wanted a dog to start with. What can I do to fix this behavior? At the time of this incident the pup should have been corrected with a firm "NO bark" and his attention re-directed either to a toy or a game etc. It works best when the leash is fairly long, and the pup is barely aware of the person holding it. It would be such a tragedy for him to lose his home over something like this, so I beg you both to be strong for his sake and help him learn what's right. Jack Russells are very typical terriers and have a LOT of energy and personality and can be stubborn, they make wonderful family pets but need consistent firm discipline and lots of exercise. When i tried to pick him up to get him of the sofa he turned round to bite me. I would also recommend enrolling her in a basic obedience class. Using positive training methods will help your dog trust and learn to listen to you. The nipping and biting are part of the natural way in which dogs interact among themselves and exert their dominance. We've had her two weeks now and she has taken an extreme dislike to her leash. However, it completely freaks me out when she starts running around in circles around me and it's almost like she has me cornered and I'm just screaming NO! When they are resting in their space, don't disturb them. He says he made a mistake. She is simply following her personality and instincts and doesn't really know that this behavior is 'bad', she's a baby and is just making her feelings known. The simplest way to your dog's heart is through their stomach. he gets to go outside to play after he sits, and he receives his bowl of food after he sits at attention, I'm working on rewards based on his favorite ball toy. If he starts jumping again, repeat the process. Puppy biting & misbehavior around children, How to handle a defiant & demanding puppy, Fighting between new puppy and resident dog, What to do if  your puppy growls and snaps at guests/strangers. This is definitely a behavior that you want to try to eliminate as it is likely to lead to someone being bitten sooner or later. But they can have dominant personalities, especially as they go through adolescence. Some situations make them afraid. When you take the no-bark collar, the dog will resume its barking behavior. We recently rescued a 3yr old poodle mix female from a "puppy mill" situation. All puppies bite/nip to some degree, and many take an instant dislike to their leash. If he goes right back at her when your release him, repeat the same thing. "The Democrat Party reminds me of the barking dog that chases the bus and finally catches up with it, and what does he do with it now?" Normally I would also suggest that you gently but firmly hold her muzzle closed for a few seconds if she snaps, generally a pup won't snap at their owners, but you mentioned that she hates her face being touched, so you will need to be careful with this. I adopted a terrier puppy at 6-7 weeks of age from a shelter - she was a stray. I've tried to walk him but he just sits down and won't move and I don't want to pull him. Tries humping everyone, especially the two older dogs. You should avoid standing too close to the dog until it gets comfortable with you. This is why they're often not recommended as the ideal choice for first time dog owners (among others). The socialization experience is an added plus for your pup, and you will learn how to overcome any problems with one-on-one instruction from a qualified dog trainer. This can take the place of long walks, playing games and also training as the mental energy a puppy needs to expend to concentrate on training commands is huge. Why does my dog bark at me and not my husband? Once she's familiar with that, try picking up the end and following her around, rather than trying to get her to follow you. Either you or your husband holds the leash and the other person opens the door, when the visitor steps in and your pup rushes forward to jump on them, give the leash a short/sharp tug so that he isn't able to jump and is put off-balance. It definitely sounds as though Molson tends towards being dominant, but at least right now he's young. He needs to learn to give you anything (ie 'leave it') when you ask for it. At 5 months old this pup is an adolescent, and is testing boundaries and trying to figure out 'his' place in the family. When he isn't getting attention, he barks for it and I don't know how to stop him. Eventually you'll be able to make his treat just once in every half a dozen times and he'll still be obedient. The best way to show your dog affection is by giving them plenty of cuddles, rubs, pats, and gentle scratches. I have noticed when he is outside playing and having fun he gets to a point that he is just 100% wide open 100 mph. This is definitely not acceptable behavior, and you need to be very firm in correcting your pup. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also be sure to feed a premium food as it has more nutrition per cup. Sometimes I give her camomile tea mixed in with her water - sometimes it calms her down. However, it's up to you to make sure that she learns what is acceptable behavior. 2)  Also, when he is in his “crazy” mood he plays very hard maybe even a little aggressive with my 100 LBS Labrador retriever. Regular. However, you're right when you say that it's more the fault of you and your husband, than it is the puppys'! She's a teenager that knows everything. When you are walking with your dog, give them the freedom to explore, let them stop and sniff flowers when they want. Make sure she has plenty of sturdy chew toys as chewing is another way that dogs use up their excess energy. Right now, he's becoming an adolescent and he's trying to exert his own authority and test his boundaries, he wants to know 'who's in charge' - he needs to find out that it's YOU. If he barks, nips or jumps on her you'll need to tell him "no" firmly (but don't shout or smack) and redirect his attention to something that he is allowed to play with. When we are walking they don't fight. If he KEEPS jumping, over and over again, just get him to sit once and get his treat and then pick him up and put him in his crate. Personally I would agree with you that she's not being aggressive, simply 'assertive' and bossy and a bit of an attention-hog. I walk him and teach him obedience during the day. I'd recommend that you start out by trying to remain calm whatever her behavior - don't shout or smack, and don't get frustrated or upset as this will raise the emotional level of the situation and make her more excited which will only lead to more barking and nipping. It sounds as though overall you're doing a great job with him, and this 'defiant' stage is perfectly normal because he actually IS a teenager, just a canine teenager rather than a human one! I think, given a bit more time, you'll find that these two will come to accept each other and probably become friends. In this case you husband should look away every time the dog barks at him. To get the best out of this, make sure your dog gets to know the food is coming from you. When she's 'bullying' the older dogs, also tell her "NO" and distract her with something else such as a favorite toy. She is not expected to get more than 20 pounds and looks like a border terrier mix. I'm currently working on training him by using "life-rewards" i.e. He does not try this new behavior with anyone else just me. She goes to work with him every day but I have to put he in his … And they probably get it, in some form or another. As far as possible I would try to eliminate the potential for damage. Use a low, firm but calm voice and slow, deliberate movements. At this age they need firm guidelines or they'll make up the rules themselves. Next step is to get him to allow you to pick up his bowl, let him see you add the treats to his food, and then put the bowl back down in front of him right away. Of course, that's simply not possible. 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