Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southeast Texas
Dogs Name: Ilka (Mutt), Leo (GSD); Lily (APBT)
Titles: They have titles from a total of 7 different organizations
Dogs Age: Ilka 7; Leo 5; Lily 2; Lucky 2000-2014
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Welcome to DT. Quite frankly, she sounds like a perfectly normal high energy puppy to me.
House training: She has a crate, so use it. If you aren't able to be right on top of her, she needs to be in her crate. Take her out as soon as she wakes up from a nap, after she eats, after she takes a big drink, after she's been playing for a while, and every 20 to 30 minutes just because. Put a leash on her, take her to where you'd like for her to potty, use a cue word or phrase (I use "hurry" or "hurry up") and once she pees or poops, throw a party. Also, give her a few more minutes outside as some puppies need to go twice to be completely "empty".
Shreds everything: See crate reference, above. Provide lots of safe, approved chewing choices, and redirect, redirect, redirect.
Not coming when called: She's not trained yet, and it's unreasonable to expect a four month old pup to have a reliable recall. A good, positive based trainer can help teach you recall games that will make her recall more reliable. One thing. Never, EVER call her to you to scold her for something she did while she wasn't right in front of you. No matter what they were doing, coming to you is the best thing ever.
Stealing food from the toddler's hands: See crate referenced above. When the human child is eating, the puppy should be crated. Even a well trained dog can be tempted by a PB&J sandwich being waved around right at nose height, so expecting a baby puppy to show restraint in that type of situation in expecting too much.
Eats toys: Don't give her toys that she can destroy, or else use them only under supervision. Surgery to remove bits and pieces from puppy innards are expensive and risky.
Digs: Redirect, redirect, redirect. Designating one spot as "acceptable for digging" or even building a digging pit might be an option, since you have a fair amount of land to work with.
Generally "disrespects" you: Umm... she's a four month old puppy who needs some training. Do you think that your three year old grandchild "disrespects" you by acting like three year old human?
Medication: She's a four month old puppy. She needs training and mental and physical stimulation, not medication.
Shock collar: See previous comment. E-collars might have their place in the pantheon of dog training options, but around the neck of a four month old puppy isn't that place.
Knows she's done something wrong: Um, no, actually she doesn't. All she knows is that you are mad about something, and doesn't want to hang around.
A good, positive based trainer can help with pretty much all the "problems" you are having with her. And they aren't even really "problems", just puppyhood.
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