Brand new owner!
At 35 years old, I just brought home my very first doggy! The mother-in-law of a woman I work with was getting divorced and moving into a small dog-free apartment so needed to find a home for her 1-year-old Havanese. After seeing the adorable pictures, and wanting a dog for as long as I can remember, I BEGGED my husband to let me have him! I was told he was house-broken, neutered, crate-trained, up-to-date on shots and all around a WONDERFUL dog. Then we got him...
1st of all, I guess she had a drinking problem and he was so matted when my co-worker took him to the groomers before giving him to me, he had to be shaved! He still looks cute and is so soft. Also, he wasn't trained very well at all. He has only had 2 accidents in my house, only the first day he was with me(both poop-no pee) so that's going ok, but he doesn't sit, roll over, lay down, etc. on command and he runs way ahead of me when we walk. He barks incessantly at EVERYTHING! Neighbors, kids, other animals, the tv, the doorbell, you name it...
I know Oliver is just adjusting (we've had him 2 weeks now) but then about 2 days ago, he started biting. For no apparant reason, he'll just jump up and bite one of us! Usually it's when we're not paying attention to him. He growls and barks and runs. I've tried putting him in "time-out" in his crate when he does this, and now he runs away from me when I try.
I took him to the vet last week and they called his old vet and found out he was NOT up-to-date on his shots, in fact one had been missed altogether. Other than that, he checked out just fine, $329 later!
Although he is neutered, he humps everything that's soft! His blanket, his bed, my couch pillows...it's bugging me. Then, when he's done, he is extremely aggressive and will bite us if we get close.
Then there's the whole issue of "playtime". If Oliver had his way, playtime would last, oh about 23 1/2 hrs a day! He cannot keep himself occupied for more than 5 minutes at a time! 2 of my kids play with him CONTINUALLY and my husband and I walk him at least twice a day and play with him, too. If you stop playing, he gets angry and barks and growls and jumps at you.
And speaking of walks, we really don't walk him, he walks us! The vet showed me how to hold the leash and teach him to walk with me, but he has no concept of 'heel' or 'stop' or 'no' or any other word for that matter. And if I stop and refuse to move until he listens, he bites my ankle.
I'm beginning to think there was a reason she moved into a dog-free apartment.
The funny thing is, as I say all of this, he is curled up in a cute little ball next to me, sleeping (of course, touching me, and if I move, he'll freak out) and he looks sooooo cute! My 9-year old son and 12-year old daughter LOVE him! He surprisingly is really good with our guinea pig who we let out from time-to-time and he seems to love being with us and eats, potties and sleeps well.
I don't want to get rid of him!
That's why I joined this forum! Please give me some tips!!!