Hello dog ma,
> How long have you had the rescue? maybe she hasn't
> had time to settle in,
That's not an acceptable excuse.
> could have had some abuse/neglect in her past and
> may be over anxious
That's what my training techniques will address.
> How much hard exercise do they get? Remember that > 'a tired dog is a good
No. Exercise to control behavior problems is only avoiding the problem. When
the exercise routine is disrupted because of illness or weather, you're in
for big trouble.
> Are they spayed/neutered?
Spaying and neutering is for birth control, NOT behavior problems.
> If not I would suggest getting that done.
You would, I wouldn't. I've been training dogs for three dozen years. HOWE
long have you?
> My dog has been much less anxious since he was
That so? Good for you. That's not usually the case.
> Have you taken these dogs to obedience school?
Obedience school is likely to teach them the wrong things, and make the
situation worse. It will probably take weeks to get started in a class, and
more weeks and months to finish.
> I would look at an obedience class.
I often do, and usually come away rather dissatisfied with the "lesson."
> My dog had many of those behaviours and obedience
> school made a huge difference for him.
Well, perhaps you got lucky.
> Its a praise/positive reinforcement based class, and
> he was admittedly a challenge, but is much less high
> strung than before.
Good. Probably could be better though.
> If they are fighting, you may also want to talk to
> someone who is familiar with dog agression.
Yeah. Good luck.
> My dog is a Pit bull jack russell terrier mix. What that
> equals is a strong dog (size of a small pit) with the
> energy, attention span and attitude of a JRT. He
> was adopted from a shelter after an abusive first year
> of life. He almost drove us crazy with chewing,
> seperation anxiety, hyperness etc., but we did our
> own training and invested in obedience classes and
> allowed him to adjust. And literally 'just like that' he
> became the wonderpet. He is not perfect at
> obedience yet, but he is trying and learning every
> And if he has a hyper day-- we take him for a loooong
> walk /run and usually he's too exhausted to
> bother trying to get away with anything.
My methods will finish calming him down without the long walks.
Sounds like you're doing pretty good. The chances of finding a good
obedience class are SLIM. I suggest you read the Wits' End Dog Training
Method manual to learn the things your obedience class overlooked.
The exercises in the Wits' End Dog Training Method
manual available for free at
http://www.doggydoright.com are designed exactly for
situations like this.
The Wits' End Dog Training Method manual is provided
by the BIOSOUND Scientific Elves as an alternative to
Doggy Do Right (and Kitty Will Too).
Your pal, Jerry "The Phony," Howe.