Random and unpredictable behaviour 10mth JR

by Sally
(Sussex)

Hi all... In need of advice from experienced owners or people going through the same thing.

We rescued a 10month JR 7 weeks ago. Since we got it we have discovered that it bites, chews everything, barks at people who walk past the house, jumps up on tables.
It is really hard work and is making our lives so difficult that we are wondering if we can keep it up. We paid for a person to come and work with us for 2 1/2 hrs in our home. Her methods were to be firm and claim our territory. We have tried to do this by shouting ''hey" when he does something like chewing or biting and taking him by the scruff and making him sit.
He gets loads of exercise- 2+ hrs a day and play time in the house. The trainer couldn't understand why he was still sooo full of energy after so much exercise and the rehoming place said they only gave him 20mins to 40mins a day.
I have lots of ideas as to why he is behaving like this- territory, over tiredness?? Puppy!!
But if anyone has some advice or thinks that if we continue training him he may change I'd love to hear people's views.
We can not sit down and relax at any point as he just plods around destroying things or comes up to you to bite your feet or puts his head to one side and starts barking. All I will be doing is trying to sit down!
Thanks for any advice in advance..

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Dec 01, 2014
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Tips and Tricks for JR Unpredictacle Behaviour NEW
by: Anonymous

We are proud owners of a 5 time rescue of a 2 year old JR ourselves, unfortunately it was badly abused and beaten. Bitting was a BIG problem in our home, but not one that can't be overcome. Some simple tricks, practice, constancy, and lots of love can usually remedy this problem.

What worked for us was setting up ground rules for everyone living in the family who interacts with the dog. That way the dog knows to respect everyone in the home and not just one person! Second, if the dog does bit place use a strong and firm command voice like "NO BITE" then remove the dog into another room for about 30 seconds. It shows the dog that bitting is not okay. Avoid games like tug of war and dominance games, rather play games like fetch instead and teach the dog the command " Leave It " Same goes with his food... Make him sit or lye down before you place the bowl of food on the ground. With time and proper training your dog will know who is Alfa in the household and grow to love you, don't forget to praise him/her with affection or treats when they do positive things! As for socialization when it comes to meeting new people it can cause a lot of anxiety. One trick that worked for us was always have the dogs favorite treat with you and when a new person approaches warn them that your dog is a rescue an isn't socialized yet, if they still don't mind I then tell them to let the dog smell them first and if that went well to ball their hand into a fist and let the dog smell their hand. My dog has never bit anyone using this method. Hopefully, this was somewhat helpful, because they truly are man's best friend!

Dec 01, 2014
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Tips and Tricks for JR Unpredictacle Behaviour NEW
by: Anonymous

We are proud owners of a 5 time rescue of a 2 year old JR ourselves, unfortunately it was badly abused and beaten. Bitting was a BIG problem in our home, but not one that can't be overcome. Some simple tricks, practice, constancy, and lots of love can usually remedy this problem.

What worked for us was setting up ground rules for everyone living in the family who interacts with the dog. That way the dog knows to respect everyone in the home and not just one person! Second, if the dog does bit place use a strong and firm command voice like "NO BITE" then remove the dog into another room for about 30 seconds. It shows the dog that bitting is not okay. Avoid games like tug of war and dominance games, rather play games like fetch instead and teach the dog the command " Leave It " Same goes with his food... Make him sit or lye down before you place the bowl of food on the ground. With time and proper training your dog will know who is Alfa in the household and grow to love you, don't forget to praise him/her with affection or treats when they do positive things! As for socialization when it comes to meeting new people it can cause a lot of anxiety. One trick that worked for us was always have the dogs favorite treat with you and when a new person approaches warn them that your dog is a rescue an isn't socialized yet, if they still don't mind I then tell them to let the dog smell them first and if that went well to ball their hand into a fist and let the dog smell their hand. My dog has never bit anyone using this method. Hopefully, this was somewhat helpful, because they truly are man's best friend!

Oct 09, 2014
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keep in there NEW
by: luvjrts

May I start by saying you are an angle for rescuing that little guy. I will not lie and say there is a easy, fast, simple fix, the truth is that like a newborn child your young jack is going to be a time consuming, carpet chewing, ankle biting pain in the rear for what could be months even years. The only solution i can give is time and love. Eventually jack will settle down into a family lifestyle and this is best brought by a daily routine you and jack can follow, make time for jack to play but make time for you to relax, soon enough jack will get comfy and relax with you. I know its hard adjusting to the jack lifestyle but jacks are ,in my opinion, more than worth the work. You will become more that pet and owner but lifelong partners and friends. please dont give up friend your doing a great thing. Its a joy to Own a Jack!

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