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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!!!
Thanks!
Theresa
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Hi Theresa,

The best tip I can give you is find a good trainer who uses positive training methods and get some help!. He doesn't sound like a "bad" dog... just an untrained, kinda spoiled one, who is running the household rather than learning to be part of the family.

Kodi is my first dog too, although I got him as a puppy. But I KNEW I would need help training him, and ahve worked closely with a trainer, taking regular lessons for as long as I've had him. Now, you don't need to do that if you're not interested in competitive stuff, (I am) but you DO really need to get some basics under your belt and his!


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Welcome. yeah Theresa some professional help would be the best thing. Someone to come in for a few visits maybe.

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Ok, so it sounds like the problems I'm having with Oliver are beyond the "norm". Thank you both for your responses, really, I was just hoping to hear something that I could do at home with him to maybe curb the behavior.
Where is the best place to find a "professional"? When I go to the pet store, they have classes and lessons...is that where to go?
Thanks again!!!!!
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Ok, so it sounds like the problems I'm having with Oliver are beyond the "norm". Thank you both for your responses, really, I was just hoping to hear something that I could do at home with him to maybe curb the behavior.
Where is the best place to find a "professional"? When I go to the pet store, they have classes and lessons...is that where to go?
Thanks again!!!!!
If you want help finding a trainer email me privately. at [email protected]
Here's some 156 pages to read in the mean time. http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AF...ur%20Puppy.pdf

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Hi Theresa, I have an Oliver too. Don't be discouraged it sounds like he didn't get off to a proper start with his first home, which of course can't be held against him. Maybe you could find a local puppy or basics class to get started in. When we adopted our Oliver at age 3-ish he had some issues, such as pulling on the leash and barking. I took him to a local pet food store that had evening puppy classes and it helped us get off to a good start. It was also a bonding experience for just he and I to be away from the house and all the distractions such as the first fur-baby, the two legged babes, and so on. I think it helped him develop a trust in me. Your Oliver is lucky to have found such a nice family to help him develop into the dog he was meant to be. Next time he chews on your ankle just remember how cute he is when he's all curled up snuggling with you!
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Ok, so it sounds like the problems I'm having with Oliver are beyond the "norm". Thank you both for your responses, really, I was just hoping to hear something that I could do at home with him to maybe curb the behavior.
Where is the best place to find a "professional"? When I go to the pet store, they have classes and lessons...is that where to go?
Thanks again!!!!!
I don't think I'd say, "beyond the norm"... I see lots of pet owners show up at our training center with dogs with similar behavior. The owners just need to learn to work with the dog more effectively. Dogs aren't born knowing how to behave any more than children are. It just sounds like your guy hasn't had much of an upbringing yet!


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Oliver also sounds like he is a clever little fellow,managing to manipulate his new family!As you said you need to find a good trainer and channel all his energy and intelligence in trying to please you.Good luck,it's amazing with only a little help and a few tips plus plenty of patience and practise you will have yourself a great little dog, just set yourself and Oliver easy to reach goals, one step at a time.

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I would agree with the posts – training is needed. Once we got our pups into training classes (we are in them currently) I see the difference with them in many areas. Also I find that the more I tire them out (mentally and physically) the better behaved they are. I take them for lessons to my local large chain pet store and take them to dog parks often so they can run like crazy.

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Welcome to the forum! I know you will get lots of encouragement & help here. Oliver is probably a little over-excited right now being in a new home with children. A basic obedience class is a great idea and a good bonding experience. You may need to get a professional trainer in to help you deal with the biting and barking issues at the beginning, though. Make sure you find someone who uses positive reinforcement methods. These little guys do know how to worm their way into your heart!

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