So my dingo/kelpie/cattledog rescue boy Scooter has hit the 10 month old mark and is clearly starting to go a little stir crazy! From what I have read this seems to be normal for a few months, but he is doing some weird things and I am chasing a few tips and tricks on how to make it easy on him and me!
He gets walked usually twice daily and as I work shift, there is generally someone around the house to play with him. Admittedly I have been slightly lazy on the training recently, but I have just started back up in an attempt to stimulate him some more.
Scooter is a very very happy dog and extremely social, bordering on too social as he sees dogs and humans as play things.
He also is an pretty full-on scavenger. Every walk is nose to the ground, into the bushes, hunting for some kind of smell or food.
Things he is good at:
Waiting for his food
Going onto his mat
Things he is not so good at:
Loose-lead walking (Used a front-attach harness for a while, but onto martingale collar)
Jumping on people
Stealing food from plates/benches
Biting me when I grab his collar
Scooter is very intelligent but so stubborn which has made training certain things difficult. He is however 100% food obsessed... I've tried clicker training for the hard stuff like loose-lead walking but it gets to the point where he ignores the click because his drive to scavenge is greater.
At this age he has hit, these problems seem to be slightly exaggerated and I am looking for helpful hints in ways to alleviate them. I know it is all about training, training, training, but if there are any other ideas I am more than open to them.
Thanks in advance for any help or guidance!