First off, thank you guys for the many responses and thought you've put in.
It may be early, and I don't want to jinx it, but I have two pieces of good news to share.
We were at the vets yesterday for her vaccines for DHPP and Rabies, and the vet gave her a clear bill of health. Vet also said she was well-behaved but a drivey puppy, which is great news. I was mainly worried that her spay was affecting her negatively.
The second piece of good news is that Puppy responded immediately to her "puppyhood" regime. We're back on NILF, Relaxation Protocol and any undesireable behaviors resulting in crating and removal from human interaction. She calmed down immediately and responded well to this. I think she was just anxious that there was less structure and leadership in our relationship during a time of change for her.
Through this, I have also confirmed my thoughts that she responds much better to this regime than to prong corrections, which is what I tried last week to see if it would be effective in communicating with her. It wasn't. Bad owner. Prong has been shelved away again.
This behaviour, in my less than expert opinion, extends beyond the frustrations we experience during "adolescence". Being challenged, ignored and dealing with a suddenly stubborn dog is one thing but a lunge and bite is another. Was there any damage to your friend? A stranger may not have seen it the same way.
I'm sure you are on the right track and lots of great advice here but more attention might need to be given to this incident.
No, no damage was done to my friend. She just jumped up and was mouthy with her. I don't think it was a lunge and bite. My friend is a tiny little person with a high voice, and she excitedly spoke to me in the dark while Puppy was in a hyper state. She has never done this before, so I do think is related to being too ramped up. She has no aggression issues whatsoever, and this has been consistent with all the trainers that I have seen. The consistent training advice I have received is: teach more self control and be consistent.
Regardless of cause or effect, it won't be allowed to happen again.
I am to believe that the "bark, jumping up and nipping" is simply due to the fact...she knew the person, was overly excited and displayed an desired action, such as the nipping of the fingers.
*This happens to ME many times from other people's dogs....when they are over excited to see me.....and usually, they too...are young dogs.*.....any most times, NOT one of "our" dogs.
THIS action needs to be corrected....as NO ONE wants to be mauled by anyone else's dogs...(in a non aggressive way or not).
Aggression and "bad manners" are two different things...... but both are non acceptable, and need to be addressed.
Again Marshies.......you have an adolescent dog....continue with training, be fair and consistant.
I agree Robin. Now that a day has passed, and I have set new expectations for both of us, I am no longer frustrated with her behavior, and she has shown much improvement in just a day.
Thanks for your support again. I always need reminders that she's still an adolescent.
I may be different in that I like a dog with spirit, a sense of fun, and a desire to try out new (appropriate) behaviors - I do not like a robotic, dull dog. Of course, in order to do this, the foundation of training and relationship is hugely important, but I would be very happy to see that my dog had the oomph to play, even if part of it was needing to run off about 2 weeks of pent up zoomies.
She loves to play, and is particularly engaged with me in play. My sister is tasked with playing with her and pottying her when she comes after school each day, and the sister reports less excitement in playing with her.
So I'd like to think I'm a little special. I also love that she has oomph when she plays, it makes play fun for both of us.
I guess my frustration is in that I am a controlling person, and her expressing her excitement outside of my controlled style upsetted me. I always forget she is a learning, living, changing creature.
I think the problem here is the dog has regressed since spay, if this was a problem and the dog hadn't been spayed or was an ongoing problem, then yes - look at it as immaturity.
However - looking at it as behavioural ONLY is doing a disservice to the dogs health.
Never overlook behavioural changes, especially after a major surgery, post vaccination or along with other symptoms such as supposed allergies, ear infections etc.
Try RAW, carb free to start - means no carrots, potatoes, peas, other legumes.
Thanks! Going completely raw isn't an option for us right now. I tried it last summer, and given the resources I have available to me, it wasn't the balanced, wholesome, and quality diet that I'd like to feed her. Though she is on the best kibble diet possible - Orijen, and has done well.
Vet gave her a clear bill of health, but I will continue to monitor her to make sure she is progressing nicely.