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I brought a can with pennies over there, and my neighbor says she tried that when the dog was a puppy and it didn't work. When I tried it a few times yesterday, it made him bark more, he must think I want to play. I don't think my neighbor will shell out for obedience training, she's 80 yrs old and on a fixed income.What I'm really worried about is the dog tripping her, he's done it before, as he's so packed with energy. And she lives alone. He's a solid 18 pound muscle, so probably heavier than most min pins, and about a year and a half old. My neighbor will sit on her front steps sometimes with the dog on about a 12 foot chain on a post in the middle of the lawn, just short of him reaching the sidewalk, but he can come to us on the porch.

Last summer one night, good thing I came outside, as the dog wrapped his chain around her feet when she was going to get him to take him inside for the night. I found her face down in the grass with the dog licking her face. She was lucky - that time -, just badly shaken up.
It's not really the right dog for her, but she loves the little guy. He'll chew up important papers in her house, and pull a plate of food off the kitchen table when she gets distracted. Her sister gave her the dog as a puppy as it was so rambunctious, and the sister got a little "Foo Foo" type lap dog. Everybody loves the dog around here, as it's "so cute" they say, and he has a lot of "personality". I always end up playing with the dog, the dog seems to love everybody, even though he likes his play fighting and tug which I posted about elsewhere in this thread.
I brought a can with pennies over there, and my neighbor says she tried that when the dog was a puppy and it didn't work. When I tried it a few times yesterday, it made him bark more, he must think I want to play.

Yes, that's one of the problems with poorly timed or inappropriate distractions - they can easily increase the behaviour. One dog's "penny can distraction" is another dog's "scary sound from hell" or yet another dog's "cool, a new toy."

For what it's worth, I consider a penny can a fairly harsh form of distraction, even when used properly - appropriate mainly for extremely even-temperament dogs after better distractions have failed.
I don't think my neighbor will shell out for obedience training, she's 80 yrs old and on a fixed income.

What about if you split the cost and you take the dog to class? You both need some hands-on feedback. Shelters, rescues, and municipal animal services departments often offer very good and inexpensive obedience courses.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Now I happen to own an exceptional, wonderful, super Min Pin. I am totally ga-ga over this little guy. He's ... working on that!) He loves people, loves other dogs, and does NOT bite. Now, how do you imagine that happened?

Robin, let me guess.
He has an owner with a clue? One who provides him with exercise, obedience training, activities, etc?
Is that about right?
Unfortunately, Tuck's owner is clueless, and Tuck's future is going to be grim, IMO.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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Now I happen to own an exceptional, wonderful, super Min ... does NOT bite. Now, how do you imagine that happened?

Robin, let me guess. He has an owner with a clue? One who provides him with exercise, obedience training, activities, etc? Is that about right? Unfortunately, Tuck's owner is clueless, and Tuck's future is going to be grim, IMO.

My apologies (especially to Diddy)! Wrong name.
I guess I just have Tuck's name implanted in my feeble little brain right now, and probably will until he recovers.
Again, good luck, Tuck.

Handsome Jack Morrison
() Robin, let me guess. He has an owner with a clue? One who provides him with exercise, obedience training, activities, etc?

Exercise, training, structure, schedule, and fun, fun, fun. Learning the limits in a safe, secure, and non-confrontational way. Biting was tried early on that didn't go over well so he stopped trying it.
Is that about right? Unfortunately, Tuck's owner is clueless, and Tuck's future is going to be grim, IMO.

I know you meant to say Blue, not Tuck.
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I know you meant to say Blue, not Tuck.

Actually, no. The OP didn't give a name for his dog (the min pin is the dog with the grim future). At least I couldn't find it when I went back and looked.
I just mistakenly referred to him as Tuck. Presumably because I have Diddy's poor little Tuck on my mind.
Diane was kind enough to point out my error, too.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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I know you meant to say Blue, not Tuck.

Actually, no. The OP didn't give a name for his dog (the min pin is the dog with the grim future). At least I couldn't find it when I went back and looked.

Oh yeah, you're right. Hey it's hotter than hades, I have one window AC unit and it's in my bedroom, not in my computer room. Temporary brain fuzz.
I just mistakenly referred to him as Tuck. Presumably because I have Diddy's poor little Tuck on my mind. Diane was kind enough to point out my error, too.

Diane is kind. Emotion: smile
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Actually, no. The OP didn't give a name for his ... I couldn't find it when I went back and looked.

Oh yeah, you're right. Hey it's hotter than hades, I have one window AC unit and it's in my bedroom, not in my computer room. Temporary brain fuzz.

Hint: Move the computer into your bedroom. Emotion: smile
I just mistakenly referred to him as Tuck. Presumably because ... Diane was kind enough to point out my error, too.

Diane is kind. Emotion: smile

Yup, she sure is.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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