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    who can please help me.

    I have recently got a 12 mth old fox terrier, she is destructive, she jumps up onto the outside table and then up onto the stacked chairs where she will then pursue to destroy the plastic seat covers, ripping the threading with her teeth and claws, we have had to move the chairs into the spare room, she is ripping at the side of a $45 inside dog bed, now I have bought her chew toys but she will continue to randomly be destructive.

    The dog pursues the cat chasing him, even though she came from a house with cats, she is uncontrollable off a lead and will run off up the road and not come when called, she is uncontrollable in a car and wants to constantly be on my knee whilst driving, she is 4kg and waaaay to skinny and small even for a cat sized harness which she can slip out of.
    Who can help me with advice? who has the same small dog problems?
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    Is she a rescue? 4kgs of bad mannered hell on paws. She sounds like no one has spent any time on basic socialisation and relationship. She should never be off the lead in an unfenced area until you have recall. Or at all really she needs to learn who is who. My sympathy she sounds frustrating, also anxious and unregulated. Much firmness and patience required. Maybe worth doing acsearch on here for crate training.
    I would be looking for someone nearby to give you good advice. I recently spent an hour with a behaviourist and learned heaps.
    Get a soft crate for the car. An unrestrained and uncontrollable dog in the car is an accident waiting to happen.
    Keep her on the lead around the cat and use a child gate to give the cat somewhere to escape to.
    She has alot to learn so you she may need to be contained at times while you target a particular behaviour ( on the lead or in certain areas of the house).
    Prevention will be a key issue.
    Maybe write a list of behaviours you want to extinguish and also behaviour you want to encourage and teach her. That will help you focus and give you the points to discuss when seeking assistance.
    If you ring up your vet they may likely have names of local animal behaviourists.

    Personally I would start with the relationship. Maybe hand feed her so she learns you have the resources. Sit in the back garden quietly with her and just spend time getting to know each other.
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    Sounds like in her previous life she has had no training. Is there a local dog club in your area that you can attend obedience classes with? I would consider training her to a crate and defintely do not let her off lead in un contained areas untill you have worked on a good recall.

    If you can safely secure a crate in your car that might be a good start onec you have her used to the crate. If you are a novice dog owner sounds like you could benefit from some professional advice. If she cam from a rescue or breeder, they may be able to assist.

    I agree that you really need to start building a relationship with her. If she enjoys toys do you spend time playing with her ? Small dogs need plenty of exercise too say playing a game of tug or throwing a ball along with mental stimulation games. So make her work for her ball or tug ot treats.

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    Paul

    Do you still have health problems and a partner who doesn't like or understand dogs?

    Why did you get another one?

    This dog you have is a terrier - they are much more independent minded ie you have to be much smarter to get them to listen to you. They're very smart but they're not as interested in pleasing you as first option as a kelpie x might be.

    How much time does this dog get to spend with you and how much time is it left to its own devices in the back yard?

    12 months old - is right in the middle of doggy adolescence - you've got the doggy equivalent of a rebellious teenager. I would have the dog sleeping in a card board box with rag towels, old shirts for bedding that are easy to wash and you won't be upset if the dog rips them all up. Nothing a terrier likes better than ripping things up.

    You probably want to get plastic crate for her for in the car - and train her to be happy inside it first (feed her in it etc).

    It usually takes about a month for a new dog to get used to the idea that you are now the boss - so you are best to keep the dog on lead for at least that first month and practice recall games where you have control over where she can go (on lead too so she can't nick off).

    There was probably a reason why this dog was being rehomed. Whomever had it before couldn't manage and now you have it. And it takes someone with excellent dog training skill and timing to get a dog like this to be a good family pet.

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    Hi Hyacinth, yes I have a tachycardic heart, my partner is better with small dogs, I got Angie because her owner couldn't have 3 dogs and her size is much more manageable for me, I love her and shes a handful but worth it to me.

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    Angie is inside with me 80% of the day and really only outside to toilet or with our other small dog when we go out, you are so right with your advice, I have her in the bedroom at night, should I put her bed in the box?.... I am getting her desexed next week and hope this may calm her down a bit, but yes ur right about the adolescence, thanku thanku so much.

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    thanks, great advice and in line with moderator Hyacinth... I will start implementing these things, cheers

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    yes thanks so much, the crate training sounds like the key.

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    I also think being a terrier the dog need outside time to play, investigate and sniff. They are a very active breed, i would make some tunnels and use these as play/work..even boxes and or tables would do. you cannot keep such an active dog as an indoors dog. no wonder it is destructive. A small agility type course with boxes and things to go under and over would get some energy out.....Reward when the dog does what you want. Good time to throw in some obedience...make a sandpit and hide toys/treats and play dig with the dog..this will maybe get rid of some of the chewing, which i think is because the dog is frustrated
    Pets are forever

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    thanks, that's interesting info, ive had friends with inside terriers whom were fine.....She gets loads of play time outside as we have two large balls that I kick around the back yard for the dogs to chase and attack, I usually do it for 10 to 15 min but I have to be careful as my heart is Tachycardic, I have chew toys for her and give her dried pig trotters which she goes off and buries.
    The dog is mainly destructive outside and has had not much to do with her being indoors,...I agree with you about an agility course.... I am booking her for obedience training and that along with desexing should calm her down (or so I am told)... I cant make a sandpit as I live in a rental property and cannot make changes to the outdoor area.
    It has been pointed out to me that at her age she is going through a trying adolescence stage.

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