Help with dog please.....

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  • Ok so before christmas my mum took it upon herself to get a puppy, she could not cope with it and was going to find somewhere else for it to live. Rather than it going to any old home Epona and I said we would have him and rehome him, that way we could check where he is going and make sure it is ok.
    We have had him here a month now and he behaves when he is with me, but when I am not watching he is naughty. He has eaten through the back door, pulled plants out, also when people come into the house he is very excitable. He jumps all over them and will not calm down. I need to pick him up and take him outside until they are gone. My other concern is that he wont stop jumping up at the children and getting their clothes between his teeth and wont let go. Epona had to pull him off Holly earlier. She is terrified the kids are going to get hurt.
    The advice I need is does anyone know how to calm him down? We have both been dog owners most of our lives, and we are tearing our hair out with him.
    Also how do I break the news to the kids? They knew that we were going to rehome but they are attached to him :(
    Also what is the best way would you think to rehome a dog, I need to know he is going somewhere caring and loving, but how do I find this information out?
    I was wondering if it is better to advertise in a newspaper, or goto a kennels where they might have a waiting list for potential responsible owners.
    Any advice would be great thanks.

  • This may sound harsh, best intent meant. Take him for a long walk everyday.

    And tell your mother "A dog is not just for X-mas" and make her deal with it.

  • he needs to learn that being calm is the only thing which gets him attention - sounds simple but it'll be a challenge - doable though...


    he thinks jumping up is a good way to get some attention so you can teach him it gets him nowhere...


    nipping is a puppy thing - they need to learn that a soft mouth is ok but a nip isnt - a good yelp then ignoring him, turning your back and not looking every time he does it should help


    ignore everything which isnt what you want him t do - no eye contact - nothing - if he;s noisy of jumping then as soon as he starts being naughty everyone get up and walk out - come back in once he is quiet - the repeat, again and again til he figures out being calm and sitting quietly gets people in the room - make eye contact when he stops...if he jumps up and is in your face when you walk in you can use a training tether attached to the wall


    shouting, talking, looking, anything at him is attention and confirms any behaviour - zero attention is the best chastisement for a dog and one they understand...


    i could do with spending an afternoon with you as its hard to get it all across online - get tam to PM me her mobly and i'll give her a call about it tomorrow :)

  • This may sound harsh, best intent meant. Take him for a long walk everyday.

    And tell your mother "A dog is not just for X-mas" and make her deal with it.


    We walk him to my kids school and back it is 2 miles each way and that is not the only walks he goes on we try our best to wear him out....

  • no worries - its quite simple but you have to be consistent - good on you two for stepping in and sorting him out - he'll be more rehomable when he's trained better...

  • Rescue remendy worked wonders with my over-meepy cat...it was like valium to him! :D


    Try a couple of drops in the morning and at night...take him for looooong walks in the afternoon, get him knackered out. Moving him out of the room when visitors are there could have the opposite effect to the one you want...he needs to learn how to be calm round people when he's told...he won't do that if he's shut away from them. Try putting him on a lead before answering the door...let him sniff them and briefly greet them, then when you go into the front room tell them to turn their backs to him if he tries to jump up, don't make eye contact ETC...while you tell him 'Bob (or whatever he's called) down! or Sit!' then 'stay'...don't forget to treat him when he does it. Use the lead to re-enforce it if you have to (which you will at first)


    I personally wouldn't advertise in the paper...unless you're willing to properly vet the prospective owners. And i don't think it'd be fair to rehome him without a bit of basic training first...years ago i rehomed a giddy dog...he ended up back at mine after going thru another 3 owners, one of which (or even more) had obviously beaten the shit out him...he was a cringing shadow of his former self...never, ever again :(

  • He is a puppy at the end of the day so he is going to be a bit mental, What breed is he? Also has he been neutured?

    If you need to rehome him let me know, i know some great people and they homecheck

  • He is a puppy at the end of the day so he is going to be a bit mental, What breed is he? Also has he been neutured?

    If you need to rehome him let me know, i know some great people and they homecheck


    We were told he is a patterdale terrier but I think he is a cross. He is about six months old now but not neutered

  • If you're going to rehome him, www.dogpages.org.uk is a brilliant website - you can post in the 'private rehomings' section or you've also got the option of back-up from a rescue, who will homecheck potential adopters and ensure he goes to a good home, and will give lifetime backup so that if the new owner couldnt keep him for any reason, the rescue would take him back.


    How old is he and what breed? Chewing, jumping up and biting clothes or nipping/mouthing is all normal behaviour for a young dog who hasn't yet learnt the boundaries. As Pumpkin said, you need to ignore the bad behaviour and reward the good, so lots of (calm) praise when he's doing something right, and turn away from him and ignore him when he's jumping up, or if he's really wound up, pop him in another room for five minutes to calm down.


    If he's chewing, it may be through boredom/frustration, or as he's still young he may be teething. You can get hollow rubber toys called Kongs which you can fill with squirty cheese and treats and pop it in the freezer for an hour before you give it to him - he has to work to get the treats out so it will keep him occupied for a while - good if you need to pop out and don't want him chewing the house whilst you're gone. And there are all different kinds of bones and chew toys you could get him.


    Also, mental stimulation is as important for them as physical, so teaching him a new trick or playing hide and seek with him around the house, or hiding treats around a room for him to find will all tire him out just as much as a walk will.


    Hope that helps :)


    Edited to add - Gosh, you people reply quickly! If he's only six months old then the chewing and jumping up is normal puppy behaivour - annoying but should be relatively easy to sort out :)

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  • Cheers for the info twister he is six months and a patterdale terrier. Be behaves for willows but not for me and worried about the kids he is such a sweetie and I really wanted to make sure he went to a good home, rather than palmed off to anyone that is why we took him in the first place.

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    Cheers for the info twister he is six months and a patterdale terrier.

    Yeah, I read that after I posted - you all reply too fast! Terriers are high energy breeds in general, and with his age and the fact that he's entire (though he's only just old enough to be neutered anyway), he's acting perfectly normally for a young dog who hasn't learnt the boundaries yet.


    If you do want to rehome him i would absolutely recommend DogPages, I think they're brilliant - you'll probably find people will suggest you get him neutered before you rehome him, and advise you to accept back-up from a rescue, but whatever you choose to do, the people on there are brilliant and really know what they're doing :)


    If you want to keep him, his 'issues' should be pretty easy to sort out. Patterdales are very clever and generally easy to train (as long as you bear in mind that terriers were originally bred for hunting so have a higher prey drive than some other breeds, which means you have to work harder on their recall and socialising them with other animals). Terriers love having a 'job' to do, so as well as teaching him basic commands you could teach him to help you with basic household chores, retrieving household objects or something. My Jack Russell Squid can bring me the tv remote or my shoes, and drop rubbish into the bin :D And if the kids wanted to help with his training, that would help them bond, and that way he'll know they're the boss, which should help stop him jumping up at them.


    I could write an essay on stuff like this, but it'd make my fingers tired, so if you wanna chat about it more, PM me :)

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  • i worked with dogs for many many years and i particulaly favour this method of training :)
    http://www.clickerzoneuk.co.uk/


    training with a clciker has to be consistant but is actually very easy to do once you get the hang of it, i have worked with canine behaviourists at great length with this concept in dog training and have seen beagles that had been kenneled all there lifes turned into amazinlgy well behaved family pets with it.
    its pretty simple really, you start by familiarising your dog with the clicker being a reward, so treat after a click, once they have that idea you work with the dog rewarding him for the stuff he does naturally eg when he sits he gets a click and a treat and then eventually you put a comand to the action he is doing.


    probably best if you have a look through the site i have linked you to to get the idea properly though coz im crap at explinations.
    i have a few clickers lying about i think so if you do fancy giving it a go let me know and i can send one on to you :)


    i trained both of my dogs with a clicker and have found it to be very sucessful.


    good luck and i hope you can start enjoying your dog soon :)xx

  • the blue cross is where my mum got her dog, i dont think they put animals down if they cant find an owner, its worth looking them up

  • if he is so young then you need to look at it like a child he will eventually grow out of it but the more you do to prevent him from doing the bad things the better try standing with your arms behind your back and see if he sits when you have had enough.also when you come home from work dont give him attention walk in give the missis a kiss make a cuppa then when your comfy acknowledge him.also treats when he is good and try shacking a newspaper at him when he is bad or clap your hands loud 1ce at him loud unusual noises can work because it breaks there excitement pattern and concentration of excitement