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    Have you considered taking him to obedience classes? It may just give you and him some more structure around what is expected of him. And I would really address the pulling on the leash. There are some simple "tricks" you can try which only take LOTS of patience. Just to do a Google and you can easily find some tips. If they don't work you can try the different collars that are available, but you do need to know how to use them. And if that doesn't work either I suggest you get some help from a professional trainer. I give my dog lots of off leash exercise to get rid of some of her energy but I agree with others that asking her to focus and practice self control on walks seems to wear her out even more. Heeling exercises, come and stay, etc.

    For boredom busters you could try kongs indeed - my dog doesn't particularly like them, but lots of people swear by them. My dog's favourite is the treat ball. Only buy a good quality one or it will be chewed to bits. There are lots of other boredom buster toys available these days. But the bottle and frozen treats idea is much cheaper and more versatile of course.

    With the growling at your niece, I would take him to places with other young kids if you can. Never allow them to tease him and try make it a really good experience. Maybe get some kids to throw the ball for him, give him treats, etc.

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    nugget dont like this yeat
    Last edited by ruby mc nugget; 02-03-2012 at 07:12 AM.
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    Sounds like a bored, adolescent Staffy to me on a bad diet.

    I woupd change his diet to completely raw. Chicken mince, chicken frames, turkey, tuna, sardines, lamb, egg, veggies. No dry food at all and no beef and certainly no carbs or grains.

    Take him to a vet to get checked out just in case.

    Then I would organise to attend some group training with him. He has no boundries or leadership from you and he needs those especially at the age he is at.
    They will also be able to help you with loose lead walking and any other issyes you have.

    Lots of great ideas here from other members on how to keep him entertained.

    I have found all the Staff and Amstaff enjoy working and thinking and given nothing to stimulate them they become a real problem. Have you ever considered doing agility with your dog, Staffs love agility.

    This is why I dont recommend them for people who dont have more than a couple hours a day to spend on excercise and training them.

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    Ditto to all the above.

    My first port of call would be the vet and de-sexing.

    Second my local obedience club. Your dog needs to be both mentally and physically worn out.

    No more being spoilt, no lounges, no beds etc. His status starts to get lowered within the house and everyone has to calm down and realise he's part of the family too and work together.

    No more freebies, no attention for just doing nothing.

    Remember he's like a two year old, if you value it put it away, I wouldn't leave CD's around here either, nothing is down low as I have a 5 month old pup.

    Everyone has to be calm, an exciteable SBT doesn't needs screaming in the house. Put him outside when the nephew is over.

    For some dogs if they are spoilt they only take an inch and others take a mile. Remember he's a dog, not a human, there is nothing wrong with putting him outside if you can't watch him.

    Cut back on the minced up and chopped up stuff and make him work for his food, hang his bone on a rope from a tree, just high enough that he has to stand up, put his biscuits in kongs and other types of interractive food toys.

    Don't expect obedience to be a quick fix, but don't give up on it.

    Get a crate for him to sleep in at night next to your bed. Part of the pack but not taking over the place.

    Someone recommended to another SBT owner a treadmill in another thread, try ebay for a second hand one. Some show people use treatmills as it's hard to exercise multi dogs every day by pounding the pavement.

    While reading thru your threads you basically answered your own questions on why he's doing certain things. He's not unlike many bored dogs, anything an everything goes in his mouth.

    His growling does need to be addressed, it's a warning.
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    Everyone has given you great advice, I hope it all helps.

    I do have to ask, you never leave him and your nephew alone, do you?. It concerns me he's growling at your nephew. That could lead to something happening one day.

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    Also, have you ever heard of a flirt pole?. That's a great way to drain energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toni View Post
    The Pawfectionist.... he is on antibiotics at the moment..... hhhhhhmmmm??? could be the culprit?? he has had now ,for the second time an infected nasty
    rash on his face with bald patches from scratching........Vet thinks allergy... he told me to take photos of our backyard and show him to see if it's the yard
    has a plant he is allergic to.
    Also in relation to your question about walking on the Lead well he basically runs......... he takes me for a walk.. those choker chains are rubbish.... someone said buy a halter so he will
    walk properly......... Well here goes............. I have 3 SCREWS in my foot holding the bone together... because I broke it badly when I was walking him..
    He was actually running and pulling and I tripped over a large tree branch........... It is serious and his poor behaviour on the lead has already caused one serious
    accident. The lead walking needs to be addressed.
    Toni, it sounds to me like you've hit the nail on the head. Did this behaviour begin around the time he started the anti-biotics or got the rash, etc? Did the random eating of bricks etc start with the antibiotics?

    Your nephew may have touched him where he was sore at some stage and he is wary of him. It could be a backyard allergy, but as Saramccau said, it can also (and in my opinion, more likely) be a food allergy. Due to all his recent dietary changes, it will be hard to determine what the allergy may be. If you are lucky, it will be a contact allergy with something in the yard or at the park as opposed to food. Do you remember what you were feeding him the first time he got the rash?

    As Beloz said, get him off the dry food. I've never been a huge fan of the stuff. Even though it's complete and balanced, it's not natural.

    Regarding the walks, there are many training collars and head collars out there, but none of them will work if you don't know how to use them properly. With head collars (gentle leadr, halti, etc) it is even more important that they are introduced to the dog properly. I personally prefer the choker chain, but that's my thing. I have had success with many dogs using this on them for 5 minutes, (including a lunging great dane and boxer) but as I said, it's knowing how to use it. Don't use the halti without getting help first (and no, the cd's that come with it aren't necessarily that good at explaining).

    Get down to the basics. Obedience classes, get him his own bed, fix the walking. If you get him a crate, make sure it's a good quality steel/metal one, as anything less will not last :P Regarding the walking, I would take him for a walk with someone else in the family too. Just a guess, but I'd say, having him break your foot on a walk probably doesn't put you in a calm, confident, assertive state of mind when you hit the pavement with him. The extra person will help with support and (if you are both calm) will keep him calm. You can get a trainer or behaviourist to help you. That way if anything happens on the walk that you can't control they will be there to temporarily take over (only if needed).

    But P.S. I don't know if anyone else here has fed their dog phuds, but I swear by it.

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    try a ball to a rope and hang it on a tree
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
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    phuds whats that mean ?
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby mc nugget View Post
    phuds whats that mean ?
    Phuds is a mix you combine with mince of any sort. It's really inexpensive and so good for your dog. You wouldn't believe how it changes your dogs coat. So healthy and beautiful. No I'm not the creator :P

    Phud's Natural Dog Food
    Last edited by The Pawfectionist; 02-03-2012 at 12:14 PM. Reason: ...because I can't type properly :P

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