We’ve had plenty of sheepies over the years but Oliver is the fiirdt who doesn’t sit and allow you to pet him. As soon as you pet him your hand is in his mouth and then he’s off and running again. He is just not affectionate which is disappointing
He is the only male we’ve had that hasn’t been neutered and I’m wondering is anyone has found their wild child to calm after neutering. One of the reasons for it not having been done is that he is scheduled for a heart procedure on December 7 and we’ve been hesitant to do it In addition to my husband just not liking the thought of it.
Any suggestions would be welcome. We love him but he is hard to live with and I have a four year old grand daughter that gets run down in Oliver’s excitement which is a concern.
|Leash is your friend for wild ones. The lack of no means yes. When you allow free run,you get free running. How is he on leash? On walks?|
Marker training can be great for focus!
|He can start out as a coconut on the leash and we’re working on that with positive reinforcement. He’s not leash aggressive at all and likes seeing his pals in the neighborhood. He gets lots of walks and has a good size yard to explore and run in. The two areas of concern are his running amok in the house (and possibly hurting someone) and not being able to be affectionate with him without his mouthing you. |
I should mention that he is an absolute kleptomaniac but I know that I’ve seen that before, just not to the degree that he pushes it.
|I have had great success with making my arms taste crappy for mouthing. Or you can wrap up a towel and bonk him. It's a towel, it doesn't hurt. Just roll it up, and use hair ties to keep it rolled, or elastics, and the minute the mouth comes out, say no and bonk him on the head. |
It surprises the crap out of them. It stopped my Harry from jumping up and biting the leash.
I wouldn't unleash him in the house, I taught Harry place, and in the house, he gets sent to place. It's a dog cot. When he eventually settles down, he can be released. It teaches them calm in the home.
That is what works for me, before place, Harry would never settle in the house. Constant pacing and just couldn't relax. Now he naps on his bed, loves it, and that's also where he gets his chews when settled, so it is positive for both of us.
Hope this helps!
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