I adopted a 10 month old greyhound-pit bull mix from the local shelter on Tuesday. He's got a lot of puppy energy, and needs to redevelop some manners since he was at the shelter for four months. I've been doing some things that I'm not sure if they're right or not. He begs, so I just completely ignore him when I eat. When I'm done, I put a carrot in his treat bowl. He's not allowed to eat anything that I haven't given to him directly, or put in his food or treat bowl.

Same with toys, he can't play with anything that I haven't given to him directly. Is this helpful, or am I just being a meanie? The real reason that I wrote here is about what happened today. I'd been walking him 3 times per day and giving him a lot of outside time. I was sick today, and it was really cold, so we didn't go outside. He's really needy, and he won't stay outside, or anywhere for that matter, if I'm not there. As a result, he was super hyper from lack of exercise.

I tried to put a dog sweater on him, and he put his mouth on my hand. I stopped trying to put it on him. Later, I was petting him, and he did the same thing, only he seemed like he was trying to play with me like I was another dog or something. Each time he did this, I said no and acted very disapproving. I put him in time out too, but I don't know that he got it. Was he playing, or warning? This is totally unexceptable to me either way. He's going to be too big of a dog to pull a stunt like that in my opinion.

Also, his old family obviously let him on the couch. Thats fine with me, but I'm not a big woman, and he steps on my rib cage and it really hurts. Is there a way to teach him a code word for scoot over, or get off, or you're hurting me? Also, a woman can do just about anything to him, but in most encounters with men, especially unkempt, grey haired, white men, he ends up pulling away when they pet him and growling and eventually barking. I don't know why, but I'd like to stop that behavior as well.

We're going to go to obedience class, but it doesn't start until May 23rd, and I don't want him to develop any permnant bad habits in the meantime. He's a really sweet dog, who loves people and other animals, but he needs a lot of work and I don't want to mess it up. I'd appreciate any help you could give.
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Well, that post was sort of all over the place. If anyone has any straightforward, simple advice, I'd love to hear it. I'm not really looking for several pages of drama about choking and shaking dogs, etc. Just some advice about if my dog is trying to bite me, and if I'm on the right or wrong track. Thanks!
Well, that post was sort of all over the place. If anyone has any straightforward, simple advice, I'd love to ... and if I'm on the right or wrong track. Thanks!Best advice I can give is PLEASE quit cross posting.

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Best advice I can give is PLEASE quit cross posting. Bob & Trouble

Dunno which group you are in but the cross posting originated from YKW. Too bad that was the BEST advice you could give.

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We're going to go to obedience class, but it doesn't start until May 23rd, and I don't want him to ... needs a lot of work and I don't want to mess it up. I'd appreciate any help you could give.

Sounds like you are basically on the right track. I don't know what you are doing to change his behavior to the grey haired guys. Make sure you (a) don't correct by something the dog views as negative (b) do get him around those kinds of people BUT stay outside his reaction zone. And make good things happen when those people are around. Manners and obedience must be developed but fear isn't made better if bad things happen when the frightening thing appears. Also you want the dog to be free to express fear, otherwise you get no warning before a bite. The structure you are providing in other ways is fine.

Diane Blackman
There is no moral victory in proclaiming to abhor violence while preaching with violent words.
http://dog-play.com / http://dogplayshops.com /
What a great suggestion. Thank you so much.
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