Hello again. If your read my first post you know that I'm a SAHM with a 16 month old DD and a 6ish month old Australian Shepherd puppy. She is doing great so far. DH and I have basically decided that training her new things is easy. She's so smart and picks up on commands quickly. She is totally potty trained. She picked her spot in the corner of the yard and runs outside, eliminates and returns quickly. She is crate trained and with a little guidance and the command "kennel up" she will go to her kennel happily. She is learning not to jump on the back seat of the car on car rides and has done really well! She knows "lie down" and does it about 75percent of the time. She is really good at "leave it" and I can set a treat in front of her face and she won't even look at it until I prompt her.
The issues we're struggling with are bad habits she has already developed prior to coming to live with us. She jumps. She has already improved a lot and is really only jumping when someone comes in the door. This is especially annoying when we have guests. We tried simply turning our backs to her and that wasn't enough. Now we turn our back and redirect with "sit." She gets no praise or attention until she stops jumping and sits. Is there a better way to do this? Suggestions welcome.
She also has the puppy bite going on. I'll go to pet her head and she'll start nibbling at my hand. I've tried replacing my hand with a chew toy and telling her "don't bite" firmly. So far I haven't seen a huge improvement with this. She used to nibble at DD a bit but has pretty much stopped and only licks her. She is a very gentle dog.
Begging for food is another issue. While my grandmother is a kind hearted person, she did not follow our wishes that this dog not be fed table food. My grandmother has maltese and feeds them off of her lap while she eats...blek! We have been making her leave the dining room and the kitchen when we're eating or preparing food. If she won't leave we put her in the kennel while we eat. We praise her for going in the kennel so I don't think she associates it with punishment or anything. But this puppy begs all the time for food and has taken food right out of DD's hand. I am going to schedule a vet appointment today to get her checked and make sure she's getting enough to eat. We need to take her anyhow. She never seems overly hungry and is fed at the same time every day.
Leash training is progressing very SLOWLY. She pulls like crazy. My dad lives with my grandma temporarily and was apparently "working" with her but he also admitted to hitting her for jumping so I have the feeling this may be some of the problem. DH is the primary dog walker. I work on basic commands and training during the day and when he gets off of work takes her for a good mile or so walk. Any good resources on leash training for an older puppy? I've never dealt with a leash puller before.
I've anxiously waiting on a couple of clickers I ordered. I haven't clicker trained before but I've read this breed does especially well with them. Does anyone know any really good resources on clicker training? I know the basic idea behind it but any experience and advice is appreciated.
Thanks for reading my novel of a post!