- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
Hello Bees! (sorry this is long! Augh…)
I’m in need of some advice/suggestions/recomondations/etc…
My dog is a mess. Not a terrible mess, but a mess nonetheless (in my opinion anyway). We adopted Jelly, a Rhodision Ridgeback mix, back in January from a local shelter, so we’ve had her for about 5 months. We knew she needed some work (like walking on a leash), but we decided to get her anyway. We are working on walking on a leash and she’s improved, but only when she has her Gentle Leader head collar on and ONLY when there are no distractions. We’ve also gotten her a doggie backpack to help wear out more of her energy and we were hoping that would help her focus a bit more on her walks. Anyways, slowly we are working on getting her behavior in check.
We took her to my sister’s house to play with her dogs and it was going ok, not great. They weren’t playing with eachother really, but kind of hanging out. We took them all inside and my dog sniffed at my sister’s dog’s mouth (he had gotten teeth taken out, so she must’ve smelled it) and he snapped at her and they got into a fight, which resulted in my sister’s dog having a puncture wound from my dog. 🙁 It probably was a bunch of things that resulted in it. My dog on their turf, inside in close quarters, and her dog having recently had surgery.
Fast forward to 3-4 weeks ago. My husband takes her rollerblading around the block usually every night (ok maybe not the smartest thing to do with a 65 lb dog! But it was going good so far and she loves to run). Well, this time, he went out and our neighbors were out, there was a stick and she jumped over it, but my husband didnt….. which resulted in his wrist being fractured and he had to have surgery and a cast on for 3 weeks.
This past Saturday, my neighbor comes over to give us some mail she had gotten accidentally and my dog ( who I had made sit before I opened the door) ran out and was GONE. I mean, she just took off like a cheetah and wouldn’t come back. She was running all over the place, in the road and took off to the houses behind where we live. The ONLY reason we were able to get her was because she and this dog behind a fence were going at it.
I’m beyond frusterated with her. I’ve never had a dog that wasn’t trained/well behaved before and it’s driving me CRAZY. I was super embarrased that she wouldn’t listen and after we got back, I had a complete meltdown, sobbing to my Darling Husband and telling him I can’t do it anymore. I love my dog, but she stresses me out too much! And I keep thinking, how am I supposed to have kids and take her on a walk with a stroller when she freaks out when she sees cats/dogs/squirrels/etc.
So this is why I’m writing: I know we need help training her. I’ve given up trying to do it by myself. Have any bees done dog training for an adult dog? Mine is 1.5 years old. Did you do group classes? Private? Doggie boot camp? What worked? What should I be looking for in a trainer? How much did it cost?
I would LOVE some advice and even words of encouragement because I’ve lost a lot of my hope for her! We can’t do anything that we wanted a dog for. We wanted to go to dog parks, take her over with my family, take her to his familiy’s house, but we can’t do any of that with her.