Ok so I was just going through a few things with mum tonight about things Im struggling with when training miss Bailey.
Im just going to blurt them all out and if anyone has advice please feel free to chuck it in lol.
Ok so problems are..................
1) Bailey is EXTREMELY protective of me in the car. I have allowed this however I have always been the one who chooses who can and cannot come into my car. However in the past few days (it is getting worse quite quickly) SHE has been deciding who can and cannot get in my car. Normally I just say "enough" and that suffices in quieting her down, but this has not been working. She is growling and barking her head off at just about anyone. I am almost positive that they could get in my car if they wanted to however SURPRISINGLY people DONT want to get in a car with a growling, barking APBT in it lol.
What I would like is for her to be protective of me and the car but I want to have control of this like I originally did. I have tried treating and praise when doing the right thing i.e. becoming silent once told "enough" however it seems to be inconsistent.
2) Bailey is not at all dog aggressive but is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE lol. Which comes with its problems too......I cannot get her to focus on me at all when there are other dogs around. I have tried to teach her the "look at me" command, which works great except when other dogs are around. I have tried to teach this command using treats and also THE ALMIGHTY TENNIS BALL lol. If the tennis ball cant get her attention then nothing can. Im not sure where to go with this now.
3) she plays ROUGH. and I mean really rough. She mouths during play (others dogs) growls, lunges and 'body slams'. I dont know how to get her to calm down. Sam is heaven sent however not all dogs take to her play lightly and generally mistake it for agression - which can cause issues obviously.
She even growls whilst doing zoomies..... not that this bothers me lol
Ok so I am taking Bails to her new obedience training club tomorrow morning (il update you all lol) fingers crossed it turns out better than the last club
Am doing obedience training to benefit us both and honestly think with the VITEB supplement she is calm enough to be able to focus on me when in public (just working on focus with other dogs present, as explained above) She is no longer a large ball of nerves and I can now take her out in public without her being petrified. Men and women alike are also able to approach her now, she does still cower occasionally but this is nothing compared to how it was when we first started
Ultimately we will be focusing on fly ball (she is ball obsessed and this can be used a a form of stress relief) and agility (she is extremely fast and agile and also for stress relief) once we have mastered obedience
Please feel free to add your thoughts/advice/comments and also let me know if you think I am doing anything wrong!