Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Beastly, what I would suggest is to spend a day with the people that are training him so that you can learn all that you need too in order to keep the situation under control. Often people will send their dogs away for training, but neglect to learn what to do themselves!
Many dogs are 'only' dogs and as long as they receive mental and physical stimulation as well as weekly socialization/training classes, do very well by themselves. the problem with getting in another pup before the behaviour has been sorted out, is that you will then end up with two dogs being impossible! What you need to do is sort out the problems with your little one first and then when the pup is about 7/8 months old, then investigate getting another pup. When you are ready for this, do contact me and i will give you some tips on breed, what to look for, sex of dog etc.
What I would suggest you do is to give two walks daily (even if short), one in the morning before you go to work (a tired dog is a good dog!) and another in the early evening when you come home.
Ensure that the pup has plenty of 'legal' objects to keep him occupied. There is an article on Toys in the puppy section of my website as well as free downloads of excellant books which will help. These toys are easy to put together, provide hours of entertainment (read the 50 Ways with Kongs) and will keep the little one busy.
Keep in place the House Rules that the school will show you and then see how it goes. Good luck thanks Scotty (www.firendsofthedog.co.za) for the articles and free books.
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