we recently took on a rescue dalmatian who we fell completely in love with- cut a long story short- he died after 12 weeks (and we were very devestated).
So- we have now taken on a 5 yr old beagle. He has NO manners at all! We have had him 2 days. Just trying to get him to sit is a nightmare. I had just finished level 1 training with the dally, so its very fresh in my head (food rewards), and hubby is at the first night of dog club for the beagle as I type.
Issues I need help with:
Triangle of temptation- complete disaster. He is hyper about the food, wont look at me, barking, howling, half strangling himself on the leash. After 10 min I had to just let him eat- the children were crying, it felt terrible. (we had great success with TOT with the daly- he was much more "open" to the idea).
Barking- not used to a dog that barks. He is barking when we are out and about (at dogs/cats etc)- my words of "shush" and "enough" are doing nothing. Tried walking the other way (he half strangled himslef and kept barking). Also barking if tied up (triangle of temptation etc)
- rushing through doors. I am slaming them in his face, attempting to get him to sit (fat chance- see above).
- jumping up- almost constant. I am turning my back, avoiding him, saying "no", "get down", rewading him when he is down (food, praise).
He is working for all food (via kong/ attempted TOT and food rewards), but 48 hrs in and it feels like a losing battle.
He needs to wk for any privilage at present (not on couches/beds/laps). Getting 2 walks a day of at least 45 min each.
Are we INSANE????? Dont get me wrong- we have time/love and commitment, but he will change- wont he??
any words of encouragement/wisdom would be appreciated.