How do I move forward with training my extremely defiant dog?

asked 2018-01-19 11:31:55 -0500

So, my husky just turned 2 and shes borderline out of control. I love her to death but I am trying so hard to get a hold of her and its not really working, so I am trying something else (advice from this thread). She’s absolutely crazy and over excited. She play bites people, but it can hurt and jumps all over them. She is also not potty trained. I know I know I sound like a horrible owner and I should have strictly trained her from the get go but sadly I was too excited about the novelty of a new puppy. I have absolutely 0 intentions of ever getting rid of her even if I cant control her behavior but I would like to try. I need some help and advice, I am willing to do almost anytning I have to do. I will let her outside (we have an electric fence) for 30 mins and she’ll run around and come inside and go to the bathroom on the floor. I feel so frustrated because shes beautiful and I’d love to be able to take her places but she is just so crazy. And before you come after me and attack me yes I know the breed is naturally crazy and requires alot of exercise, I walk her whenever I can and we are always letting her run around our somewhat large yard. PLEASE HELP!

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answered 2018-01-25 14:04:03 -0500

Hi! I will just preface this by saying I am not a professional dog trainer, I just know what worked for us. I have two Australian cattle dog puppies one being 6 months old and the other being 9 months. The 6 month old puppy was VERY defiant, to the point where I would cry on a daily basis just from being frustrating with her, but things have gotten a lot better. We decided to hire a very experienced and expensive dog trainer, but it has been well worth it. She has taught us how to train our dogs with remote collars. In no way are we just shocking them constantly, but instead she has showed us how to use the devices in a way that promotes listening and responding to commands from our dogs. We use it on the lowest setting that they can feel and teach them that if they are defiant that we will have to turn it up (not by much) for them to listen and respond to our commands. It has definitely been a game changer. They have learned many commands and will sit on command for up to 5 minutes without moving, and sit in their "place" for up to an hour without being distracted and move off of their space. I would suggest finding a trainer in your area that trains using a remote collar.

With regards to the potty training, I was so against sticking my puppies noses in their pee and telling them no, BUT it does work. They begin to realize that peeing inside is not the place to go. Our dogs were potty trained within a week with persistence in taking them outside every 30-45 minutes and waiting until they pee, because they will eventually pee. If you can catch your puppy peeing inside picking her up and quickly moving her outside (even if it makes a mess, or they finish peeing) will also teach them that she needs to pee outside. Also getting them used to the words "go potty" will also teach them to go to the bathroom on command which is very helpful in the future, believe me!

Sorry that this was so lengthy, but I can tell you the remote collars, when taught appropriately, are extremely useful. But I would definitely get a trainer that uses them, you should hopefully see a huge difference. I hope this helps! Good luck.

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