Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Min Pin Mum, gosh you do have your hands full (literally!). The very first you need to do is to start taking control of the situation and showing the pup that you (and every other member of the family is in charge). this is very simply done using the dogs own resources ie. food, attention, walks, toys etc. Try the following:-
1. On entering the home totally ignore the dog (hard). Dont look at it or interact with it at all. When it has either sat down or gone to do something else, call it back, ask for a sit and give a treat and the attention it wants.
2. Ignore all demanding behaviour - attention is given on your terms or not at all. Again as above, when dog has given up, call it back and then give the attention it wants.
3. Put it on a 'work to earn' regime. We all work for our living and in a dog pack all dogs have a job. Do this using all the dogs resources, food, toys etc and ask for a simple sit before giving over the resource. Using the daily feed for these exercises can work wonders.
4. Lots of walks which will supply mental and physical stimulation as well as lots of varied chew toys to entertain the dog during the day and provide stimulation.
5. Teach the Real Reloiable Recall. This is far too long to put in here, but if you contact me via my website, will be glad to send to you. The one thing you dont do when a dog runs away is run after it - thats called 'catch me if you can' and great fun (for the dog). Rather run in the opposite direction, high pitched voice, clapping hands etc and when the dog turns and runs towards you have a treat ready and reward for coming back to you.
I would also sugges that you enroll her in puppy school where you will get a lot of help with her behaviour. Good luck, thanks Scotty
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