Hi everyone, I'm new here!
I have worked with dogs for about a year, but only just got my very own little buddy a little over a week ago.
She is an 11 week old Bull Arab/Staghound/Bullmastiff/Great Dane named Taija (pronounced tye-a). Her feet are massive and she has legs for days! I predict her reaching the 35-40kg mark.
Once I had already paid for Ty and my partner and I had started driving half way up the country to get her, we found out our landlord and my former 'friend' had kicked us out of her house! So there went Ty's big back yard and stable living conditions.
Luckily, my sister is a saint and has taken us all in. She has 2 adult English Staffy's of her own (one female, one male) and Ty gets along with them fairly amicably. I have a lot of experience introducing dogs having worked in doggy day care, and for the most part things are peaceful between them.
In the short time I've had Taija she has learned so much. I keep her on the strictest schedule I can manage. She learned to sit in a matter of hours (with no food reward mind you, just praise), she now lays down, waits for her food, sits before entering/exiting the house and is more or less housebroken. Bite inhibition is getting better, ie we have no more stab wounds from those little fangs!
I guess there are two areas where I am growing a little concerned for Ty, bearing in mind it's hard for me to train out these behaviours with so many people living in the house - and those two highly strung Staffys don't help.
1. Taija puts herself to bed without a peep and sleeps until about 6:30-7, but there is always a pee waiting for me in the morning. This morning I set an alarm at 3am to take her out, but lo and behold there was no pee action. Until I woke up at 7am that is! Any tips on what I should do? Or should I not concern myself until I have my own place and can properly train her up?
2. The 4 year old female staffy is full of anxiety, jumps up on everyone, scratches, barks incessantly (my sister thinks she's 'talking') and is basically in need of help. Will this rub off on Taija? She seems in a silly mood after playing with Dixie, but I don't want to keep her cooped up indoors all day either.
3. When Ty is outside, she barks/whines/howls bloody murder but only if she can see me. Or anyone for that matter. Should I continue to ignore her?
4. With all the hard work I'm putting in with Ty, it feels like she only responds to my commands. I try and tell my partner/sister/brother in law to 'say it like this' or 'don't let her jump up on you' but I'm sure you can all understand, everybody thinks they are the expert when it comes to training dogs and it's difficult not to hurt everyone's feelings by barking my orders at them. I want Ty to be an obedient and responsive dog, no matter who gives the order. Am I doing something wrong?
I'm so so sorry for my word diarrhea but I'm sure you can tell - I adore my dog so much and I want her to be happy, healthy and balanced through understanding her boundaries. Especially given the size she is going to reach, I feel like this is especially important!
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks