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Hi Daniel, I love the training manual, and have started to use your suggestions. However, I need help. I have a 7 month German Short haired pointer, very affectionate with a lot of energy.
I walk her 1/2 hour before work and 1 - 2 hours after work. But she doesn't sit still at all unless I put her in the crate. I have a yard, which she won't stay in unless I'm there. I play ball with her but the minute I do something else she'll go do something she knows is wrong, like eat my plants, or pull something down.
Yesterday was the last straw. I had a friend over who had a cup of coffee with him when he came in the house. Holly (my dog) wanted the cup; she kept going for the cup so he put it in the garbage. He played with her for over an hour in the yard. When he left Holly went right to the garbage pulled out the cup and ran all over the house with the cup spilling the coffee. I took it away from her, but as soon as I turned my back she went for it again. The only way I could stop her was to crate her. She has a one track mind. When she wants something she keeps at it until she gets it and then I have to crate her.
What can I do? I don't want to keep her in the crate all the time, but if I don't I have to play with her every minute. She won't just stay still or lie down even after a long walk or run.
Thank you for your time.
Thanks for your email. This type of behavior displayed by your dog must be quite frustrating for you!
I would say that your dog does these things to get your attention! When dogs have a particularly strong bond with their owners, they can often start displaying a number of attention seeking behaviors, such as stealing, whining, or destructive habits, to get attention even if that attention is negative.
She is obviously very intelligent, because she has learned that if you stop playing with her, all she has to do is destroy or steal something, and you will suddenly give her more attention!
The first thing you need to do is teach your dog that you are the Alpha, and that she is at the bottom of the pack. Please read the bonus book "Secrets to Becoming the Alpha Dog". She needs to know that you are in charge.
Next, start making your dog work for any attention that she gets. For example, if she comes to you wanting a scratch or pat, ask her to follow some commands first. If she does not obey, ignore her. Even if you instigate the attention, still ask her to follow some commands first.
If your dog is behaving well, make sure that you praise her. If she acts badly, go to her (don't call her to you), attach her leash, and take her to a separate room for a time out. I don't usually recommend putting a dog in its crate for time out, because the crate is meant to be used as a safe haven for your dog, and not a place of punishment.
If you find that you are just not getting anywhere with the ignore method, you might like to try the reprimand, then ignore method. Squirt your dog with a water pistol, or shake a can of pebbles, growl a guttural growl and then lead her to the time out room.
I hope this helps Penny. Good luck, and please let me know how you progress.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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