Her name is Blue

@bamakelly (5194)
United States
March 25, 2009 1:41pm CST
I've been rescuing, treating, and then socializing stray dogs for adoption for many years. A few even became members of the family because I couldn't part with them. My most recent project is "Blue" - a Husky/Shepherd mix. She's a 54 lb 'puppy' that weighed only 32 lb when I first found her, emaciated and bleeding, seven weeks ago. She's full grown but obviously still in the last phase of puppy stage and creating havoc for me. I need some help! Can anyone suggest how I can stop this overgrown baby from 1) grabbing my arm with her teeth when she wants attention, and 2) digging up my lawn to the point where it now looks like I've had mortar rocket attacks? She's almost completely healed now and should be ready for adoption soon, but I HAVE to break her of these habits first. Advice???
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
25 Mar 09
this is just one of the reasons why I wish we are not tight in budget I would have taken more and more strayed pets into my home and keep them indoors as much as I can so they are free of the abuse outside I realize only cats can be kept indoor I never heard dogs are indoor but I still wish I can take more strayed pets in
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
25 Mar 09
have u ever tried putting her on a leash when she dose these things. that's what i do w/mine & tell her she's a bad dog. she doesn't like to hear that. lol. the troublew/her she wants to fly out the door everytime i open & then doesn't want to come back in when i call her. we have a leash law here & they will pick her up. i get tickled at her when she's on the leash she stands & stares at the back door & barks at me. i spank her to.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
27 Mar 09
u r welcome. good luck.
@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
25 Mar 09
The digging can be handled with noise--pennies in a coffee can are very effective. Just shake the can when you see her digging and she'll stop. Shouldn't take even a day to stop it for good, although do keep the can handy. I would think that you just tell her "no" and she'll find another way to get your attention, preferably a gentle nudge. I wish Blue the best of luck and hope she finds a wonderful forever home!
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@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
25 Mar 09
LOL! What a mixup! I was thinking wow, I didn't know Bama rescued dogs!
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
26 Mar 09
I think she would be more adoptable if you do, people in general don't like to do a lot of training and some may just send her right back to the shelter if they can't be bothered.
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@carann (262)
• United States
26 Mar 09
First of all I want to say You are awesome. I am an animal lover and I just want to say that because you are doing a great thing for dogs. Not everyoone has the patience to do what you do. I have tons of dogs. They are little and never really dug holes. I did read an idea for talking care of it. i read that when you go to fill in the holes put some dog...ok for lack of another word, poop in the hole first. They said that the dog will smell it and not dig there again. I can't tell you if it would really work or not but you never know. With my smaller dogs when they grab with there mouth I push my hand or arm to the back of there mouth with enough force to not let them bit down hard but not enough of course to hurt them and say no very firm. You do need to hold there head with your other hand so they can't pull away before you say No. I did that with mmy dogs and after a few times they quit biting.
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@seow227 (31)
• Malaysia
26 Mar 09
I have a 8 months puupy and has the same behavior but i still enjoy playing with him because the bitting is no pain.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
25 Mar 09
Sounds like part of this is not enough exercise, Cesar puts loaded back packs on dogs to make them work a little bit harder on their walks. If she's well exercised maybe she'll leave the lawn alone. She is a big working dog breed and needs a job to do, since she is mouthly you might want to give her something to fetch and carry, Also I never allow biting, I am very quick to correct this. The dog we have now had that problem, we train with an electronic collar on the bigger dogs and this works well for us, it also gives us the advantage of being able to correct from a distance. If you keep the power down, this need not be painful. Good luck
@savypat (20248)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I don't know what to tell you, do you have a tread mill? That seems to work well with dogs that need a lot of exercise. Also I know you realize that any type of biting or grabbing is a dominance move. I have never tried Cesar's web site, maybe he has a hot line. I am small and a senior also and I don't think I'd take on your dog. Just the breed alone would keep me from it. Husky and mixes with husky are such high energy dogs and so very strong they have to be controlled. Blessings to you.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
11 Jul 10
I'm sorry I have a stray dog and two stray cats, the dog had depression and I was planning to adopt another dog but she would be so jealous that I decided I will not. She was locked up in a cage her whole life, she was giving birth so they could sell her puppies. Thanks SO MUCH for doing this, that's a really beautiful work.
• United States
9 Apr 09
What I have been told is to walk the dogs to keep them tired. That is what I have to do to my rat terrier to keep her behaving. I have to take her out almost everyday or she is pinging off the walls and digging. She likes to dig and throw dirt in my pool.
• Canada
27 Mar 09
Poor vinegar all over your arm and do something that would make her want to grab your arm. Let her taste it. She wont like it and it will help. I did this and it worked I also kept a small bottle under the coffee table for when she would do it I would just squirt some o and she would run. lol For diggers I have no advice as mine for some reason don't dig.
@elly_biz (65)
• Indonesia
26 Mar 09
hahahaha, it seems like a super active dog, i really like this kind of dog. why do you need to stop that habits? i think it can be one of interest point. I think its natural if they do that. Just my opinion :)
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
26 Mar 09
I really don't know how you're going to part with Blue. All I can say, I have absolute respect for you for the work you are doing. Keep up the good work.
• Philippines
26 Mar 09
I think you may take blue to a dog trainor so that she would learn how to stop grabbing your hand and digging up your lawn.
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
26 Mar 09
I'm sorry I don't mean to laugh OK yes I do. I had a dog like that and you know it was hard. I would rub her nose in the hole and tell her no no. She would look at me and shake her head and it worked. She never dug there again and I do mean that was the only spot she didn't dig. My one neighbor filled the hole with water and stuck his dogs head in it. I yelled at him and the other girl called the police. Come to find out that is the same thing the cop did. I couldn't do it. I looked at my dog and said well. just don't dig up the garden. The biting part bite back on top of the nose will stop. My one girlfriend know all that stuff. will see what she has to say. Your friend onlydia....
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Mar 09
hi bamakelly...im not so familiar with the behavior of the dogs but i can refer you to some sites which can help(i-love-dogs.com, and perfect paws.com)ive been reading some of the useful information on this site lately.
• United States
25 Mar 09
I had a problem with my very large doberman pinscher and her Irish setter buddy digging holes all over my yard. So I tried something I had read about I bought some very tiny little mouse traps and set each one then put one in each hole with a very thin covering of dirt over the traps. Immediately after doing this the dogs went out to see what I had done to "their" holes. When they dug at the hole the trap snapped shut and scared the crap out of my dogs. It never hurt them but they never, and I mean never, dug another hole. None of the "Off" chemicals worked plus I do not like to put chemicals near my dogs.