Post # 1
Here is what I need help with. My babygirl is getting older and much larger than any other dog I have ever had. We did not know she was a Dane until about 5 months along. She has been jumping on my youngest son, who is 7, and dragging my kitty or snapping at his neck. She also jumps on the screen door that goes to the backyard when she is out there. She comes in and out. I do not want to get rid of her because we feel as though she is our responsibility as her adopted parents. I have tried the newspaper and that did not work with her discipline. Does anyone have any other suggestions?? Please help!
This is Precious
Post # 3
Have you seen a trainer?
Puppies are naturally full of energy and she probably is under-stimulated, or so it sounds based on what you’ve written. Kong’s are good for keeping dogs busy if you stuff them with fun things. There are also toys designed specifically to help stimulate your dog’s brain, which tires them out. Definitely make sure she’s getting enough exercise daily as well.
I cannot emphasize enough, though, that she would probably improve considerably with some training and reinforcement. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. DH and I took our dogs when they were around that age-ish to a class that met for four Saturday mornings. It was SO worth it. They are now three years old and have improved considerably. They also calm down around two years of age, I believe.
ETA: She’s adorable and you’re doing the right thing by trying to fix this. There isn’t anything wrong with your dog, it’s probably a fairly simple fix. Good luck!
Post # 4
It’s time for a TRAINER!!! I have two danes, so I know they can be a little difficult, especially if their brains are still in the puppy stage but their bodies are over 100 pounds. Hire a trainer ASAP because any behavior issues you have now will only get worse as she gets bigger.
ETA- she looks a little like my Pearl:
Post # 5
Our 18month Boston terrier old responds really well to a spray bottle of water. It’s usually an empty threat, we just show him the bottle and he behaves. He has a totally irrational fear of water lol.
At 8mths, they’re still young and testing you somewhat. Boston terriers are notoriously jumpy dogs and the one thing that helped to keep all 4 paws on the floor was to make him sit before petting him. When our 7mth old nephew came to visit he kept trying to jump up on him (to see him i think) and we stopped that by keeping him on his lead in the house so we could control him until he wasn’t interested anymore.
We used to be at our wits end with Archie but around his 1st birthday something clicked and he calmed down A LOT! Mind you, he’s still a nut job mental case and needs lots and lots and lots of exercise to keep him well behaved in the house. I’ve heard from many dog walkers that they stay as naughty puppies till at least 2 years.
Post # 6
Thank you so much everyone! A trainer was in my thoughts for next month for sure. I tried the spray bottle she just licked it..lol
@DaneLady: she surely does! How cute is your dane..lol Thank you so much for your help!
Post # 7
How much excercise does your Dane get?
In addition to a trainer, Id up the excercise, especially walks and practice NILF.
Also make sure walks are structured she stays right by your side, and no playing. Bathroom and then focus.
Post # 8
@Osoluvely30: We do use the spray bottle from time to time, but usually to divert their attention (if they are barking at the window or playing too rough). I’d definitely focus on learning basic obedience commands and leash manners.
Post # 9
Whatta cuttie! Sounds like normal behavior for a young dog. You just need to teach her what behavior is acceptable and what isn’t. Dogs really do want to please you — they just don’t always know how.
A trainer would be helpful — especially one that uses positive reinforcement techniques — I wouldn’t recommend swatting with a paper . I also recommend the Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell (just a great book about dogs – -but it also has a lot of good stuff on why your dogs do), (and her many short pamphlets). She has a PhD in animal behavior/communication — unlike so many trainers who have who knows what for credentials.
Post # 10
Thanks a bunch ladies for your help I appreciate it alot. I will be increasing her exercise as well. I believe that this will also help. Thanks again!