Post # 1
So all of you out there who’ve adopted an animal might know what I am talking about….But we brought home our little fur ball of 3 years of age about a month ago. She really is a gem. She behaves GREAT 95% of the time. So far the only thing we have come across is she like to chew on socks. solution: don’t leave clothes lying around. But then today, she had a hold of a sock and I yelled at her and went to get the sock and I guess she thought I was going to beat the daylights out of her because she tried to bite me (she isn’t toy or food possessive, so i know she wasn’t guarding)! She only scraped me with her teeth and I promptly did a doggie take down to reestablish her place in my family. But I was so shocked! I started wondering what her life was before our family because of her reaction to my correction. I knew this was the risk in adopting an animal that we don’t know about their past, but it was still a low moment 🙁
ps now she’s on a doggy time out for the next few weeks, no priviledges at all. She lays where we tell her, gets attention only when we call her, and gets her little butt run off to work out any destructive tendencies she might develop out of boredom.
Anyone else adopt a dog and have a similar little nasty shock?
Post # 3
Glad your ok. Our pup ate my favorite pair of peep toe pumps when we first got her, but she is only a tiny rat terrior. What kind of dog is it?
Post # 4
she’s a mix between a border collie and some northern breed that gave her a curly tail. so nippy is in her nature, but obviously she’s pushing her boundaries in her new family and we’re having to figure out the difficult way what she may or may not have gotten away with in her past.
Post # 5
Not a “nasty” shock, but a sad one indeed. For starters we adopted Sophie our new pomeranian the day after easter. The shelter told us her previous owner got/was getting a divorce and couldn’t take the dog where she was moving to. The first thing that happened was (we have cats) & The first or second day she tried chasing one away from her food bowl so I picked up a fly swat NOT TO HIT HER but to tap it on the bar and say no stirmly. She yelped and took off running. :/ Last time I did that. Then two times recently when I have raised my voice (not in an arguing manor) But in a “I was in the bathroom hubby was in the bedroom” speaking up so he could hear me yelling and when I came to the bedroom both times she was shaking. :/ I yell across our apartment all the time, well more so speak up to be heard and she hadn’t ever done it but those two times. I started thinking, maybe she heard yelling alot in her pervious home where they mentioned at the shleter her previous owner was getting a divorce. So now I “try” to remember not to raise my voice and just walk into the other room and speak normally. Although if I am loud playing with her and stuff she is fine. Or if hubby and I are goofing around like play fighting/tickle fights she is fine/excited! But like I said, those was the only two times she did it. So maybe she just got scared and remembered something from her past? I’m not sure, because I have forgot after that and raised my voice in the bathroom PLENTY of times lol … I always forget something like the towel or toilet paper! hahaha
Post # 6
I don’t think your dog will be able to make the connection between a weeks-long punishment and a single incident.
Post # 7
When we first got our dog (friends found him on the side of the highway) we were just playing with him on the bed when he lunged towards my face. We had only had him for a few days at that point. He has never done anything like that since then, but it was definitely scary. We also know that he came from a bad upbringing so Im sure he was just scared. He is a very loving, sweet dog but I remember after that incident, for about a week, I kept telling my husband that I just couldnt see myself getting attached to him. Now he is like my baby and I love him with all my heart 🙂
Post # 8
@Beluga: I agree–doggy time out for weeks won’t really work because of their memory span. I would try something like a water spritzer if you know you’re going to have to take something away from her. Get her to drop it instead of wrestling it away, and that might help.
Post # 9
@Beluga: I agree 100%.
@fvsoccer: If your dog is showing digressive tendencies I would cease alpha rolling immediately. Look into the NILIF training method instead:
Institute that. Reward based training is MUCH more effective and leads to a happier and more stable dog.
Alpha rolling is an outdated training method and can lead to more aggression issues.
It sounds like this dog may have been abused in the past so yelling & alpha rolling may just make the problem worse.
Post # 10
I second everyone who said a week long punishment is not ideal.
Instigating a reward based training regimen is probably the best thing that you can do. NILIF training is a great program and it is basically Nothing in life is free meaning the dog has to work for everything he gets. Play time, snuggles, walking through a door, food etc.
Yelling isn’t ideal either. You don’t want to be a leader by fear you want to be a leader by respect. You want your dog to know that you are the bearer of all things good and she has to behave in order to get these good things. Yelling and screaming doesn’t accomplish much and can make aggressiveness worse due to fear aggression.
Don’t get me wrong it is HARD. I have a 7 month old lab right now and there are times where I am soooooo frustrated and want to yell. But DH and I have noticed that when one person is incredibly frustrated and is trying to train the dog doesn’t react as well. So we try and have the calm person take over and he responds so much better.
Good Luck with her!
Post # 11
Not sure if this is helpful or not, especially since you don’t know the pup’s background, but the last time one of MY dogs bit me, I bit back. Hard. Haven’t been bit since.
Wouldn’t try it on a cat, though… I’ve had mixed results with that…. 🙂
I also second @KatNYC2011:‘s idea on the training and the PP’s saying your pooch probably won’t connect one incident with a week-long punishment.
good luck with the new furball!!!! 🙂
Post # 12
@Zinzerena: my mom has done that as well with her dogs as puppies, and it definitely breaks them of that habit quick!!
Post # 13
@Beluga: I agree with this completely.
I also think positive reinforcement is the most effective training method. If you really need a deterrent, there are some simple things you can try like spritzing with water or shaking a can of coins. For the most part, though, it took time, but our dog responded best to positive trainingl
We adopted a shelter dog and while now we couldn’t imagine our lives without him, it took him a while to bond with us. There was an incident when he tried to show his dominance over me and I was really afraid.
We tried to reward good and encourage behavior, and develop a relationship by working with him on training. Search online for dog behavior strategies, or call a trainer for some advice. You could also take your dog to puppy training to help establish your roles. It can take time and work to train your dog, but the internet has a lot of great resources–just make sure you’re getting your advice from a credible source.
Post # 14
@fvsoccer: Our dog is great with us (we adopted a 4 y/o pit mix), but we got a shock when it came to other dogs. He is not friendly to them. We only have three dogs that he regularly see because of it. As for as training goes, we use positive when we can, but in an emergent situation, we alpha roll.
Post # 15
at all PP’s about “punishment”. let me clarify. this is NOT punishment at all. It is structure, what we were doing in the beginning and slacked on a bit. Why did she chew in the first place? Probably because she was bored and she hadn’t been exercised enough in the last few days. She still gets called over for attention and to play with her fuzzy ball and treats/rewards (a lot). The difference is is that we initiate everything to show her that everything good comes from us and that it is not up to her to decide when we are/aren’t going to do something.
BTW we do use positive reinforcement with her all the time and have taught her many things with that. However, she needs boundaries and to be reminded her place in our pack. in addition, she had been pushing her boundaries because we got a little slack on our training/allowing things before she was properly established in our home. now we are correcting her mistaken thought that she controls anything.
@katNYC2011: some may indeed believe that alpha rolling is outdated. however i disagree. This is normal behavior for dogs in a pack and nobody ends up “unstable or aggessive” because of it. The problem arises when people use it at an improper punishment/correction because people treat their dogs like humans and ascribe human emotion to them. We only ever use it when she tried to bite me, a severe reaction for a severe infraction. i trust ceasar milan when he uses it. not to mention that my family has had dogs for years (all highly trained family pets) and they were all subjected to it once or twice and none of them had aggression issues and were all well adjusted.
Post # 16
@fvsoccer: We will have to agree to disagree. I think Ceasar Milan’s methods are outdated and dangerous.
I’ve had dogs my whole life and have NEVER resorted to alpha rolling.
Our dogs were always well behaved, happy, and healthy. They also were treated as dogs (not as humans).