(Closed) Feeling terrible! Pet Related!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I know you’be said your time is limited, but it sounds like you guys might benefit from doing obedience classes with your puppy. A large disobedient dog is bad news!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It might help if she was exercised more. I too, live in an apartment. I was in a similar situation as your husband and hurt my neck badly. I used to train horses and ride all day long. The past 9 months I could barely brush my own hair. I’ve gotten most my mobility back, but still cannot do what was normal 9 months ago. 

I have a 2 year old Golden retriever. She is hyper and I find if she is able to get out to run she works off a lot of her energy/disobedience. Do you have time to take her to a off leash park to run? or maybe hire a dog walker? I find that both my fiance and I have to be on the same ground and use the same techniques/terms when communicating with her. Make sure you are using the exact same obedience commands and that you are not letting her take advantage of you. I find that I have to be very strict with my girl, but then when she listens she gets rewarded a ton. I’d try attending a few puppy classes or having a trainer come out to help BOTH of you so that she knows you two are in charge and at the same time all 3 of you are on the same page. She by all means isn’t trying to be naughty, she most likely isn’t understanding your communication compared to your fiance’s since she is around him all the time.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Maybe you two can go to get dog training lessons for her. Petsmart and some other petfood places have her as well as many other places that can be found on google. The trainer can go over commands with you two and her to build up a bond and some understanding between you three. 

Not only does the dog training teach the dog, but it teaches you how to interact with the dog. You get commands that are taught to her by the trainer but reinforced by you. The trainer will teach you how to care for her without needing more physical strength. I think this is a really important investment for your family if you aren’t going to rehome her. It’s better to do this sooner than later while she’s still a puppy. I would try to find a time when you AND your SO can go so you both learn the training and the dog understands both people as “masters”!!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I don’t agree with rehoming an animal because it was more time and effort than you anticipated. 

If you have some money to spare, try to hire a dog walker. Even a neighborhood kid that you can get to do it for cheap. The other solution is to get up earlier, or go to bed later. Make time to walk him, since exercise is essential for his breed. It’s probably good for you to be the one to do it as well, since it forces the dog to spend time with you. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

Good for you for realizing you can’t rehome her: you chose to get her, now she’s yours forever. (I firmly believe we ought to have vows when we get a pet much the same as a spouse) Anyway, there are ways you can assure her that you, too, are her human, and that the three of you are a pack. Dogs who are bred for intensive work need LOTS of exercise. Maybe enlist friends/neighbors who run to bring her along? When she has her energy worked out, then she can be more amenable to training and doing what she does best (making her humans happy). I can only suggest The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete or a professional trainer. Good luck, and good for you for addressing this! The three of you can be a very happy family, it’ll just take a bit of work.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Huskies are “high energy” dogs, they require lots of time to run, & need walked often. She may be disobeying because she’s bored. Especially younger dogs/ pups, they have that extra puppy energy. They are super smart dogs! If you guys can’t commit to giving her the time that she needs, she’s going to be a bored dog & bored dogs can become destructive. Enroll her in an obediance class, or hire a dog walker, or do you have a friend who has a dog they can have a “play date”?

You need to show her you’re the “alpha”. When you tell a dog to do something, you need to make her do it & not give up. Such as if you tell her to “sit”, she needs to do that before you go onto something else. Also things like food, you need to eat your dinner before the dog gets her dinner. Make her sit or something before you feed her. You really need to start being more strict with her while she’s still youngish. As she gets older she will be more set in her ways.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Huskys can be fickle creatures who “chose” their one owner and they are also work dogs.  You can change the fact that she will not obey you but it will take some time.  Get some special treats that you only give her.  Train her to do something with them, doesn’t matter what it is, just so long as you are the only one doing it.  Spend some time with her snuggled, playing, walking, whatever.  Make sure that your husband isn’t the only one seen as the alpha.  If you tell the dog to do something ask your husband to ignore the dog until it does it. 

With the business in the house, the PP might be right.  Huskys are work dogs and they have lots of energy.  Make sure that she is properly exercised.  Try only feeding and watering and certain times of day, just don’t leave food and water down (but give her water if you are playing a lot with her or exercising her). 

Also try not saying “no” or “bad dog”  try gasping.  Both of our dogs responded to “no” but when we gasp at them they suddenly go into ubber obedient mode.  Ears back, sitting, and waiting for us to respond.  I got this from the “It’s Me or the Dog” Lady from Animal Planet and it has work wonders with our dogs.

Good luck.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

The problem is that she’s a female and she thinks she’s the alpha.  You need to be more assertive with your voice and actions with her…she’ll realize soon enough who’s in charge.  I had the same problem with my dog and spent some time with a one-on-one trainer at our house and sure enough, once I used a louder, more adamant voice with her, she behaved like an angel.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just read your last post, you don’t have to go outside to exercise her.  Try just throwing a ball in the house for a while.  It is a whole lot harder with larger dogs, but there are things to do with them inside also.  Ask your vet or local pet store, they may have some good inside play ideas for you.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Unless she’s less than 6 months old, she’s way too big for puppy pads. Kick the habit entirely ad teach her to go outside only. Teach her to ask to be let outside. I guarantee the accidents around the house will stop. 

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