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 Problems with 5 year old staffie commands.

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Allie89
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PostSubject: Problems with 5 year old staffie commands.   Mon 25 May 2015, 6:06 pm

Hi guys.

I have a few problems with my Staffie.

First, I've trained him since he was a 8 week old puppy, but he literally ignores any commands at times, which ends up in a screaming match at the best of times. Now I'm not saying he's out of control, he just won't listen like "Leave", "Stop", and his pulling is ridiculous. Even though I first used a choker on him, (to no avail) so I switched to a harness, which doesn't work either, I don't believe in shock collars, so that's out of the question.

He also does not like vets, and I mean really really doesnt like them, which is funny in a way given that they've never given him reason to fear them, and he met them when he was 8 weeks old, but he ends up snarling, (has never bitten anyone), and he somehow manages to get his Baskerville muzzle off, and given that he's a very powerfully built Staffie (I blame his father's side, as his father was a blue staffie and very big in terms of tallness, think 6 month old German Shepard size) this worries me a lot!

He also has a very annoying habit of licking things, ie. I hope female wee on the pathways, grass (a lot!)

Please help.

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PostSubject: Re: Problems with 5 year old staffie commands.   Mon 25 May 2015, 8:38 pm

Hello and welcome, sorry to hear you are having issues with your boy.

Is he castrated?

Have you tried a gentle leader for his pulling? My friend uses one with her staffie who pulls like a train, they do not ride up into the eyes like the Haltis do.

Has he always been disobedient or is this something that has happened of late?

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PostSubject: Re: Problems with 5 year old staffie commands.   Mon 25 May 2015, 9:09 pm

Hi!

He's not been castrated, due to the fact he's very ansty around vets and I'm worried he'll get out of the muzzle and bite accidentially through fear. I've also heard that a friend's friend's dog had been castrated and instead of calming down, he turned very aggressive. I've also tried to haltis and other gadget's but they don't seem to stop him pulling.

He's always been disobedient to a degree, he listens when he wants to, but his recall (Even with treats) is no existence in the garden, which is why I refuse to let him off the lead around other dogs due to this.
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PostSubject: Re: Problems with 5 year old staffie commands.   Mon 25 May 2015, 9:53 pm

Castration may help, you could try chemical castration before you take the plunge, I think it last six months so you can see the effects before doing something more permanent

Does he have any high value toys that he would respond too or something like chicken as a treat? Sounds like he needs to go back to basics with his training. Have you considered a training class locally? I took Reuben for a few years more for socialisation as well as training, whereas with Belle I only did a few weeks as the classes were not the same. I do think it helps create a bond between dog and handler

Could you try videoing his behaviour and posting it in the K999 section? Adam is a behaviourist who specialises in bull breeds and he may recognise some of the issues you are having and advice you on how to progress. He is not on often due to other commitments but he will respond when he sees the post

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PostSubject: Re: Problems with 5 year old staffie commands.   Tue 26 May 2015, 8:04 am

Hi Allie, Welcome. Scoobi is lovely. Loads of Love
Tough question 1st up but that's kinda why we are all here. Suggestions, info, experience, etc...everyone here will do anything to help out a doggie owner.  group hug

I personally do not accept disobedience from my dogs from day one. I am the leader, they can have all the cuddles, bum scratches, tummy rubs, kisses, runs, plays, they chase me like ferrets,  both pin me on the floor to slobber my face to this very day. Yes, i love doggie slobber gluing my face shut. But...... when I speak... they both listen & obey.

I have always used chokers with both my rotties & my current dogs (a dobe x staff & a staff) in the street & for training. They work brilliantly if used correctly.  Many little tugs are useless. It needs to be a "short, fast, quick correction" bam! Done! 
Stop walking & correct a pulling dog. Mine don't get to walk if their shoulder isn't by my left leg. ( it's so much more fun to carry on walking up the street by my leg than get corrected for running ahead & have to stop going.... there. At 5yrs he has developed bad habits. But it can be corrected very quickly. What does he dislike? Find that. What does he want? Find that. Use both.

Jo is right,  castration will decrease his testosterone & will calm him, but firm training will allow him to be at one & understand his place in your family.  Sometimes it can be hard for you both but....

A deep "no!" & you physically making him do "whatever"... good boy! or put him out, away from the family for 15 mins. Coming to you HAS to be more exciting than what hes doing. You must find that thing that he trully loves.

Post in k999 for more suggestions. I think you can try heaps of things to make this better quite quickly. 

Let us know how you go with Scoobi. He is a gorgeous boy.  Beautiful markings.
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