Dear all, I am sure that some others have been through this and I am hoping that you will share your experiences with me and help us through this. I realize that dog training is as much, if not more, about training the human as it is the dog.
We have received into our house a new dog as mentioned in title of this thread. He came from a house where no one was able to look after him and so he has missed out on a lot of attention and I am sure has had no or minimal training. He is a big boofy Labrador X male nearly a year old and he is very, very sweet and good natured but my kids are terrified of him as is our other smaller dog due to his totally over top exhuberance and strength. My husband wants him taken to the vet or pound immediately but has given us a week to get him sorted. Ha!
So, can he be fast tracked trained while I still have a house and family left and before it is all demolished?
One thing I have found him able to do is sit, eventually, and I give him a small treat. I have my children doing this now too. He has NO idea what a lead is and needs an incredible amount of strength to control. Way beyond my children's capacity and only just with in my own to contain and I am one big strong woman. His collar is the one with the buckle and holes not a chain one. Would he be better with that kind? Or the one that goes on the head rather than the neck? He is choking himself resisting but it doesn't seem to bother him in the least.
He also jumps up on everyone and because he is so big and powerful this is a real big problem. There is nothing he seems to be responding to on this. I've tries putting my knee up and growling 'NO'. I've tried turning away from him and growling 'NO'. He just doesn't 'get it'.
It may be a dominance thing, I am not sure but he also just seems clueless about many things. We are certainly clueless about what to do with him.
Anyway, I would be most grateful for any help and advice any one here can offer so that all us creatures can live amicably together.