High energy dog. You don't say how old he is. I am going to assume he is young.
If he is still a puppy (under 2 years) and is around 5 to 7 months old, he is teething. His gums are sore so good chew bones are esstenial. Nyla bones (hard rubber plastic) in different flavors and sizes will help.
They are nearly industrable. My 5 month old Pit loves them. Now, back to the high energy.
Dogs like you have need mental and physical stimulation. The lab part in him would probably enjoy retreiving a ball. Find different ways to expell that energy.
Good, long brisk walks daily and some training. Sit, stay, down, come, all of this is part of the mental stimulation. Throwing the ball, walking and playing tug of war is the physical.
If he is going for gloves, etc keep them where he cannot get them. They don't know the difference between a dog toy and your shoes, gloves, sweater etc. Anytime he goes for something he shouldn't take it out of his mouth, tell him no, and replace it with a chew toy.
Going for the couch is not good. If you cannot keep an eye on him when he is in your house, kennel him. And please remember that physical exercise calms a dog and makes them tired and a tired dog is a good dog.
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My dog walks me! He is the pack leader.
He could be feeling how tense/annoyed you are getting with him when he doesn't listen so he doesn't obey you.
Dogs sense our energy very easy, they respond better to positive, calm, submissive energy. Why don't you try feeding him, if he is more obedient with whom ever feeds him currently it's worth a shot. Also walking a dog once a week is no were near enough exercise.
This could be the sole reason for his behaviour, I know life is crazy and it's hard to fit everything into your schedule but remember that he is a part of your family and you took on the responsibility of being his owner. Try walking him everyday, even if it's just a 15 minute walk. For the poop situation, let him outside in your yard before you take him for walks.
Some dogs just don't like to do their business in their own yard tho, they prefer a place where they don't spend alot of time. Threatening him should never be the answer! If you are being aggressive, he will in turn be aggressive because it is what he is learning thru you.
You should watch The Dog Whisperer, it's on the National Geographic channel nearly everyday. He deals with issues like this all the time and teaches people how to become the pack leader. Good luck!
Which dog from the "toy sized" group do you think would fit best for her?
First of all, please don't buy a puppy from any type of store or shop. There is too high a chance of the dog coming from a puppy mill, and there will be many health problems likely.
Find a reputable breeder though the AKC. Teacup breeds are very unhealthy, and you should definitely avoid them! I have met so many dogs in my life as I volunteer at a shelter and live in a neighborhood where almost everyone has dogs.
Of all the toy breeds, the bichon frise is my favorite. It is small and fluffy, like your niece wants! They only grow to about 10 pounds.
They are very playful and sweet, but aren't yappy like chihuahuas and yorkies. They are also great with kids! They don't need a whole lot of exercise and are pretty low energy most of the time.
They're very smart and easy to teach tricks, but you should know that like many other toy breeds, they can be difficult to housebreak. I have a bichon, and with crate training and consistent positive reinforcement in the frequent trips outside, we were completely accident free by 6 months, which isn't bad for a small dog! It just takes a lot of work :) Also, they don't shed, so they need to be brushed at least once a week and professionally clipped about every 2 months.
This breed is adorable and the sweetest breed I've come across!
Few questions about being a pack leader to your dog?
I am a volunteer with Corgi Rescue and own Corgis myself.
First I am going to respectfully disagree with the notion that you don't need to be the leader, boss, pack leader, what ever you want to call it with a Corgi. That is BS. That is someone who never owned or trained a Corgi.
If you aren't boss, the Corgi will be and you won't like the results. 1. No, 6 months is a good time to start establishing order, earlier would have been good too.
2. When you are leader, the dog pays attention to commands, and responds with submission (down) when a firm command is given. The dog will drop or give you a food item if you tell it to.
The dog waits in a sit for its food. Start with a Basic Obedience class from an experienced trainer. Corgis learn best in groups.
They seem to need to understand that other dogs also need to mind. This is a good place to start looking for a trainer: http://www.apdt.
com/ You don't want him behind you, you can't see if he is getting into things he shouldn't - again from experience. That's when they eat garbage on the trail or roll in something stinky. I use a prong collar.
It is not nearly as bad as it looks. Properly used it is much safer than a choke chain, and stimulates the pinch of the mother dog when she is training the pups. You can try stopping when he pulls or turning and reversing direction.
Sometimes this works. The previous poster was right, you want a loose leash and that is an important command. The minimum commands I think are necessary are: sit, come when called, stay, down, leave it, drop it, settle down, and quiet or no bark.
Corgis learn fast but they are stubborn and strong willed and need a firm hand. They also need mental stimulation. I like food toys like Buster Cube, Tricky Treat ot Molycue Ball.
We do a long down and play hide and seek with the toy. They love it.
My dog is toy aggressive if he really wants the toy.
I need help?
Okay, if your dog is having aggression problems you should not even be having thoughts of getting another dog in a year or otherwise. First you need to put your time and energy into this dog until you are sure he can be trusted to be safe around a new dog.
It's not fair to the new or the old dog to do that to your household. First off, take away his toys. He's not safe with them and you're only solidifying the behavior by allowing it to continue.
Then call a BEHAVIORIST (notice I did NOT write trainer) and get him in to classes. If you aren't willing to pay for the sessions you can't afford a new dog anyway. Trust me, I KNOW how exciting it is when you get an idea in your head about adding a new family member but you're going to get your new dog killed if you don't get this fixed and cleared by a licensed behaviorist.
The turmoil of a new dog in the house, redetermining pack structure, any issues the new dog may bring and just the upheaval in general is going to exacerbate the problem and your dog is going to attack the new one. I see you have a pit. I love pits, in fact I have 2 but you have to understand that the breed was bred for dog aggression.
I have 2 that live peacefully together with my Mastiff, my husband and I and we have no issues. I've known dozens of pits that work wonderfully in multi-dog homes but sometimes they need to be the only dog for safety purposes. Also, no matter how much you trust them you can never leave them alone with another dog.
It's just common sense. Their prey drive is just too high and that seems to be showing in his toy aggressiveness. Just drop the idea of a new dog until your guy is acting like the angel he should be.
Dog obsessed with new toy and extremely protective of it. Doesn't want to spend time with us or our other dog?
Dog training are excellent and very helpful to build you a stronger relationship with your dog.
Read more https://tr.im/8mL4l After I started training my dog, he became very attached to me and loves to stay by side as long as he can. But just going to them won't help.
You have to practice what they teach you outside of the class and you need to keep up with it at least every now and then after the class ends otherwise they'll just go back to previous habits. This course is a really good place to go for dog obedience classes. It get's your dog around other people and dogs to socialize while getting the training you need.
As for electric collars, I would say to not get one. In my experience, they're only a negative effect on your dog. I mean of course you're going to need to correct your dog, but being positive and encouraging your dog works a lot faster and easier.
Every dog is different, so unless you have a german shepherd or a really smart dog, it might take a while to train her. You might get frustrated with her, but go easy. She's still a puppy and has a lot of energy.
A backyard or somewhere to run will help her get rid of a lot of energy that might cause her to misbehave from boredom.