puppy whines, wimpers, barks when out walking
I am getting super frustrated with my new puppy! She is about 6 months old and I got her from an Humane Society. She is some sort of australian shepherd mix. When I try to take her outside to walk and go to the bathroom, as soon as she sees another human or dog she starts going nuts! She cries, barks and wimpers and wags her tail like a lunatic. I can't get her to calm down. Even if I pick her up she wiggles out of control and continues her ranting. Is she scared? When the person gets closer she tries to get to them so they will pet her and jumps up on them. What do I do to break this habit? She sounds like she's in pain when she does this(though she's not) and people look at me like I'm a horrible dog owner but I don't know what to do to fix this!Any advice would be much appreciated!I've tried the water squirt in the face and that only deters her for a second and she starts it up again.
Reply To: kellivance05
What kind of person are you! Your dog obviously is getting supper nervous and afraid, and you think squirting her in the face is the answer! You need to either positively reinforce the good behavior, ignore the bad behavior, or take her back to the shelter! Your are going to ruin this dog for ever!!!!!!!!!COME ON!!!! BE RESPONSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply To: Snoopy84
wow, you shouldn't even be posting on this site. first of all, using a water bottle isn't uncommon- it is a recommended method from many trainers. second, I have owned and raised other dogs very successfully. This is the first one with major anxiety issues that I need help with. If you don't want to help people and give instructive advice, don't post on this site or any other for that matter.
Only in puppy mills do they squirt water in their face! Never do that again it will never help! First at home inside where there are no people, play with her gives lots of attention to her, if you have another friend who has a dog/s bring the dogs over to your house for a play, let them bond and gain trust, it will be good if there are at least 4 other dogs. And after 10-15 minutes bring the other dogs owners slowly into the house ignoring her bring your friend in with their back facing you dog. Let the other dogs go to your friend (which is their owner) and give them a treat and say hello to them. If your dog is making any sounds go shih, and discipline her verbally. Sit down in a separate room with your friend making all the dogs follow along. Repeat these steps over and over again until your dog gets use to other humans in her territory and has shown at least some improvement. Now you are going to tie a leash connected to another brave, social, loving towards humans dog and also connected to your dog. Get another friend of yours to come over, sit down and chat, have a coffee. And shih to your dog if she barks, give something to distract your dogs. A few minutes later, call all the dogs by their name in the happiest tone and encourage you dog at the same time. If your dog likes squeaking toys, use that. Get your friend to call the other dogs including the dog connect by a leash to your dog. If your dog follows along the dog connect to her praise her and say good girl! Pat her if she had just won a race. Then give some chicken or meat and a favorite toy to your friend sitting opposite you on the couch. Get her to do the same to your dog and the rest of the dogs.
Yes you are right it is wrong to squirt water in their face but you say being responsible is fix it or give up and take the puppy back, that is the real wrong thing to do that is not responsible that is giving up on something not worth giving up on!
The water squirt can sometimes be necessary, and in this case I was wrong before, this is a time when you needed to do it. You are a great owner, you are responsible too you asked for help instead of trying yourself and then giving up!
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