We adopted a 5 month old spaniel cross beagle on the weekend. She's gorgeous but hasn't been very well socialised or trained. She is trying really hard though and is a quick learner. I haven't had a dog since I was 13 so I am finding it harder than I expected and really need some advice on a few things.
Firstly, I was told she was ok with cats but when she saw our cat she barked her head of (she's not generally a barker at all). I have been keeping them separated and have started bringing the cat out to where the dog can see her when she's in her crate. I keep the cat in my arms. So far she's been quiet so reward her for that. Any tips on how to proceed from here? Our cat is very loved and we miss her having her around the house.
Secondly she barks at other dogs in the street. I can tell her to sit and I just reassure her, she seems to be getting better but I am worried she might go for a dog. It seems more like anxiety than aggression to me but I'm not really sure. How do I proceed with getting her used to other dogs without risk to the other dog? I have a friend with a lovely sensible labrador that I thought might be good to introduce her to to learn some manners.
Thirdly she is still a bit mouthy. I cease play when I feel her teeth. She also jumps which we are trying to ignore. Most problematic though is when I sit on the couch with my kids she tries to jump up and when I say no she mouths me to try and get my attention. She also barked at my husband the other day when he was eating on the couch. She jumps up with her front paws on tables and benchtops etc and I just tell her no. That's not so kuch of a problem as she doesn't do it to people.
I'd really appreciate any advice you might have for me.