Sorry for long post! A few questions if anyone can help me pls. I may sound a bit dog ignorant! We have recently taken on a 4mth old dog (fostering with view to keeping) that was returned to the RSPCA due to 'naughty' behaviour. RSPCA said they didn't believe she was naughty at all but that the owners had no time for her and that she had been a bit mistreated. I have only grown up with very obedient farm working dogs so don't know the full behaviours of a so called 'naughty' house dog.
I have a two year old boy and a baby, so am home all day and willing to put time in to train correctly. However I need to know she will be a suitable family dog. I'm not sure if her behaviours are puppy play....I want to know if you think she is trainable and suitable to be around young kids before we make the long term decision of keeping her.
These are the things I have seen so far;
Nipping/biting while playing
Jumping up at you -however learning quick when told 'no', i have also turned my back when she has done this (not sure if that is correct)
Chews alot - most things you drop are hers, she will give back though when told firmly. (im pretty sure thats norma?)
Gets a fright easily, timid at times
This one is the one I'm not sure about - whimpering and growling at dogs when on the lesh, trying to run at them. I have made her sit and told her 'no' and over the last few days she has settled with 3 smaller dogs she has seen. However yesterday a Lab was off leash with owner and owner brought her up to my dog (told her not good idea!) my dog jumped with paws, barked, and bit other dog, was very hard to restrain on leash, didnt respond to no or heal or pulling on chain. Is it because she doesn't know how to socialise or is it vicious behaviour???
She appears to play nicely with my two year old who has sat on her and has pulled her tail, she has run with him in the yard with the bull a few times, however she doesnt really know what to do. I will enroll her in dog training once we have made our decision.
Are her behaviours normal or naughty???? Thanks for your time!