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First, I want to say that I love my dog. She's sweet, beautiful, and usually really well behaved.<br><br>
Clara has been driving me up the wall recently! She's 13mo old, and knows "come," "down,"and "lay" flawlessly (which is great!), knows "sit" (though if we say it and she thinks we're mad at her, it turns into "lay" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, and will do "roll over" only for DH and "stay" only for food (though we're working on other applications). We're pretty happy with her above list, but we have one big problem.<br><br>
This dog doesn't seem to understand "no." Example: we have 3 cats. Clara approaches the cat. Clara sits down next to the cat, not touching it. I say "good girl." Clara hangs out for a while next to the cat. I hear a kitty snarl, and find Clara with her mouth around the cat's neck, wrestling with it. I yell "no!" and she immediately stops, does her submissive head down, butt-wriggle, and moves away from the cat. This happens repeatedly throughout the day, and it's so frustrating! Nothing makes an impression on her!<br><br>
Also, as another example: we have a cat who's a dumpster diver. He climbs into any trashcans (even covered ones - he's smart) and pulls stuff out of them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Consequently, DH, the Roomba, and I are constantly on alert for random tissues and things around the house. We're pretty good about picking them up before Clara gets to them, but we're not perfect. Clara will pick one up, we will say "no. Drop it!" and she'll drop it. Then, not a minute later, she'll find another one. We go through the same routine. An hour later, after Bo dumpster dives again, we go through this routine again. It's like Clara thinks that "no" only applies to the situation she's currently in.<br><br>
I think this may have to do with Clara's pica. She will pick up and eat ANYTHING. Metal, plastic, string, tissues, clumps of cat hair, socks, bobby pins, anything. We're religious about keeping the floor clean and clear because of her, because I'm terrified she'll choke on something. Anything that falls on the floor is dog food to her.<br><br>
What can we do to prevent the above situations? I don't want to keep feeling like she's driving me nuts.
 

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Welcome to dogs.<br><br>
First, the reason that she doesn't know that you don't want her to start chomping on the cat is because (from your post) you repeatedly let her start chomping on it. Then at some random (in her mind) time you want her to stop.<br><br>
The most effective time to correct a behavior is when the dog has committed to the behavior- way before they actually do it. For example, Ulysses can look at an unattended sandwich on the table. By watching his body language I can see the point at which he thinks he wants to go get the sandwich. That is the point at which I correct. So, I have an 8 month old puppy who doesn't even have to reach to table-surf, and whose paws don't have to leave the ground to counter-surf, who does neither.<br><br>
You have to watch Clara and correct her EVERY TIME when she commits to putting her mouth on the cat. Every time. The most effective method of training is by giving intermittent, unpredictable rewards. So if she sometimes gets to chomp the cat, that is the reward. It is known as a self-rewarding behavior.<br><br>
Same with the stuff from the garbage. You have to stop her before she gets her mouth on it. Every time. Considering how tasty and interesting these items must smell to the dog (and, um, the hygiene concerns), you may want to consider a way to stop the cat from bringing trash in the house.<br><br>
And it doesn't sound like she has pica. Many or most puppies do this.
 

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First, the reason that she doesn't know that you don't want her to start chomping on the cat is because (from your post) you repeatedly let her start chomping on it. Then at some random (in her mind) time you want her to stop.</div>
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I never considered that. It makes a lot of sense, though. We are able to do that with most stuff, because let's face it, at 13mo, she's really cute and obvious when she gets her mind on something. I guess we'll have to be more vigilant whenever she's near the kitty. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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