I am desperate. I have a 6 month old maltese/poodle mix. Her name is Elle. She is the sweetest little pup in the world. She doesn't care or get upset over absolutely anything... I have a very young niece and nephew, so from the time I got her, I would put my hand in her food and such as she ate to make sure that it wouldn't become a problem. Growing up, both of my family dogs growled when you got close to them while they ate. Elle also doesn't care if you take away her bones or anything. she is very sweet. My problem has to do with her playing and barking.
When she is playing she bites mine and my fiances hands and play growls... also, if we get up and walk across the room, she will bit our pant legs non stop. if we reach down to stop her, she backs up and barks and barks and barks. then when we go back to what we are doing, she starts again. if she is in this kind of mode, or even just barking and not biting my pants, and i need to answer the phone or answer my door, the only way I can get her to stop barking is if I pick her up. I know that is probably a big no no because it is probably reinforcing her naughty behavior, but at that point I HAVE to answer my phone/door. so then I go to pick her up and she just runs away from me parking at me. She is a small puppy, less than 5 pounds. she is impossible to grab if she doesn't want you to. These are my major issues. Once you actually get her in your arms, she is a total ANGEL!!! its like she is bipolar!! lol. no... i know she isn't bipolar... but its just such opposites. and I know she is just playing, but sometimes I wonder. her barking sometimes just keeps going and going, like she is upset or something. it is getting worse and worse. its like she is demanding attention. If I am sitting at the computer chair, she will bark and bark and bark, and sometimes try to bit at my pant legs. if I sit indian style with my feet up in the chair to try and ignore her she starts jumping up and trying to bite at my toes. it drives me crazy. and I get TERRRRRIIIBBLLE migraines. it is just so high pitched!
i exercise her a lot... and that doesn't change a thing. I've tried the water, i've tried the little thing you plug in and it makes a high pitched noise that only dogs can hear when she barks, i've tried throwing a bottle with change in it to scare her, i've tried ignoring her, i've tried holding her muzzle (which i've now heard is really not a good idea, and i've done it a lot... hopefully it didn't do too much damage), i've tried putting her in a crate, i've tried walking out and leaving the room, none of it works consistently. maybe I wasn't consistent enough, i don't know. but I am DESPERATE!!!
absolutely ANYTHING help you guys can give me is truly appreciated it. even if it is something I have already tried, maybe it is a different method/way of doing it. i don't know. and I really don't have the money to bring her to a training class right this second. I will be able to in a few months, but I have spent a lot of money on the new puppy shots and what not up until 4 months, she had worms right after I got her (like the night after I got her, she was still 8 weeks old...), I had a scare where I had to bring her to the ER which was like, 400.00, and now she has to have two recessed teeth removed, which my insurance won't cover, as well as spaying, which my insurance won't cover... so yeah... i just don't have the money right this second. I mean, I will definitely bring her to a trainer, but I just want to see if there is something I can do on my own first.
also, i am worried that I might not be able to correct her completely this late in the game... ;/
and please, if you don't have helpful things to say, please don't say anything. please don't make rude comments because I am honestly doing the best I can... I love my puppy. she is my world and I want the best for her. trust me.
thank you guys so much in advance, and sorry it is so long! hopefully you guys got this far into it and have some answers for me!