Okay, so I'm having some problems with Nixie.
I haven't been able to afford obedience training but for my birthday I received some money so I'll be enrolling us for January but in the meantime I wanted to see if anyone had some suggestions.
Nixie's been acting like a toddler lately. I'm sure it's a multitude of things including myself but it just seemed off for her. She's been doing rather well. Not jumping up as often on people, listening better but the last few days she's jumped excessively and I'm trying to redirect her and praise her when she obeys. It doesn't seem to be working as well anymore and in fact I'm worried she's going to hurt someone because she's so big now. It doesn't help that not everyone in the house is on the same page and I've tried to explain what to do when "x" happens. I've tried the holding the paws until she moves back but she never pulls back, she starts jawing at my hands. I'm thinking of the shock collar but it's my last resort. I think I read on here not to use it on puppies though? She's 8 months tomorrow.
Most of all I'm worried I'm going to get frustrated with her and I don't want that to happen.
Would appreciate any suggestions or feedback!
8 months is doggy adolescence and is the age in which dogs are given to shelters. They can be tough to live with for sure.
I suggest trying different techniques (may be do some clicker training to continue to build your relationship) and being really patient. Try to not let her see/sense your frustration as hard as that is.
I thought I'd go insane in that phase and I too had people in the house who weren't on the same page really unhelpful at this point.
wish you luck!