Yesterday was a little bit of a bad day with Lola. She was just always doing little naughty things, one thing after another. It didn’t help that I was already tired from a rough night of sleep the night before.
The first thing was that she thinks it’s fun to grab the leash and play tug of war when we are walking. Every time I got the leash out of her mouth she just grabbed it back up again. The good thing is with the harness the leash hook is further back on her body, so she can’t just turn her head and grab it, she has to truly turn around to get it.
And when she is excited she jumps up on me. Which I know is a typical untrained dog thing to do, but it’s still frustrating. I’ll have to think about how I want to get her to stop doing that. If I just push her off she thinks it’s a game and lunges right back. I tried pushing her down until she was laying on the ground and holding her there until she stopped squirming. That seemed to work ok.
Then she wanted to run around the house like a crazy lady. Which I kind of understand because it was really cold outside and she didn’t want to run around outside. So I spent some time throwing toys for her, which was ok.
Then she kept on wanting to jump on the couch. Which I have decided is off limits for the time being. I wouldn’t mind her on the couch if she would behave, but I don’t want her jumping around up there. So I would push her off the couch and say “OFF!” and a few minutes later she would try to sneak back up again.
Then she kept on trying to chew the carpet. Or the edges of an area rug. Every time I stopped her she would stop for a few minutes and then start back up again in a different area.
And then she had an accident in the house. Again, it was kind of my fault, I knew that she had drank alot after we came in from our last potty break, but then I forgot about it.
By the end of the night I was physically and mentally exhausted. I’m sad to say that I snapped at her a few times. I was just so tired and I just wanted to have a nice easy night. But that didn’t happen.
This morning was much better. She was pretty calm and would listen to me when I told her no. Last night she started whining after I put her in her crate for the night, but after a few minutes she stopped.
I decided (for now at least) to use the term “no bites” whenever I want her to drop what she has in her mouth. So when she picks up the leash, or if she is chewing on something she shouldn’t be I say “no bites!”. It worked pretty well this morning.
I’m also working with her on the idea of “mine” and “yours”. I think that will help with the leash grabbing too. What I do is take a toy of hers (one that she isn’t playing with at the moment) and call her to me. I ask her to sit and then show her the toy and say “mine”. I slowly bring if closer to her and keep saying “mine”. Every time she reaches for it I pull it out of reach and tell her no, and again say that it is mine. When it is an inch or two away from her nose and she isn’t reaching for it then I’ll say “yours!” and give it to her. By teaching her this way she gets used to “mine” and “yours”, and then it will be easier when I start training her to let me take something away from her. Eventually all I have to do (in theory at least) is say “mine” and she should leave alone or give up whatever she has.
Sebastian was better last night. I bought the Feliway before I went home and plugged it in right away. He still spent most of the night hiding under my quilt, but one time I went in the bedroom and got him out so he could see Lola, who was waiting at the dog gate a few feet away. Unlike all the other times he didn’t seem terrified of her, but he didn’t want to be near her either. He spent most of the night above the covers either on the spare pillow or curled up to me. Until he went exploring and woke Lola up around 5am. Then he came running back and hid. I ment to pull him out before I left, but I forgot. I’m hoping that he will take the time when Lola is in her crate to come out and explore.
So that’s how everything went since yesterday. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a better night tonight then last night!