|Barked: Thu Dec 1, '11 9:33pm PST |
|Alright! Where to begin!? I am the proud owner of a 10 month old Aussie boy named Diesel. In the beginning I had some of the same issues.
Your Reggie is looking to be the male Aussie he is and show who's boss. The jumping is probably the easiest thing to handle. There is jumping indoors and outdoors. If he jumps outdoors, make him sit every time he sees a person (I make Diesel sit for other dogs too - this eventually led him to crawling up to small dogs). Indoors make him sit every time someone knocks. If he jumps when you open the door, close it again and try again. In general, in both situations have the person turn around when he jumps (they mostly jump towards faces)and graduate to having them ask him to sit. Give the person a treat to reward the good behavior. This takes repetition. Also, Reggie will remember if he got away with it, so no backing down or you spoiled the training. If you need to, shorten the leash or hold the collar to reinforce the command at first. Don't let him get away with what he wants Make him do it.
With the nipping and chasing. Lucky for me, Diesel only chases my cat. The best thing I have done for this is teach him the "leave it" command, and "no". No- works great with a squirt bottle (water and a bit of vinegar goes along way).
You can always try the yelping technique to the nipping. Diesel never responded to this. The ignore and shun method works with Diesel. then he feel like he did something really bad and want to say he is sorry.
My aunt made sure her Aussie and border collie always carried a ball when they chased her kids. They have both outgrown nipping the kids now.
Since you live in a smaller space I have a few suggestions to wear him out! We got a laser light for cats, but use it with Diesel. One BIG note with this - Only you and your dog, OUTSIDE, and with a long leash (30ft) if he's not good off of it. Otherwise he will become aggressive and jealous. Another suggestion, cardboard boxes! Let him tear them up! Great way to get stress out for him! Magazines and news papers work as well. Any pet store chain or boutique is great to get him introduced to animals. Many parks allows leashed dogs also.
Hope all of this helps! It is a lot of work, but worth it in the end. When Diesel is really bad I have him complete a series of commands and give him a ham bone (Petco sells them). This keeps him happy for one to two hours!
I looked up so many training shows, books, and articles and blended them to suit my dog! Diesel is still working on some of these things, but he has grown much much better.
Edited by author Thu Dec 1, '11 9:35pm PST
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