This site has been tremendously helpful at easing my worries. My wife and I adopted an 11 week old Shepherd mix a week ago and needless to say, she is quite the handful. I had been worried that she was just too out of control. However, after reading through here, I can see, for the most part, we are all in the same boat.
Islay (eye-luh) can be the sweetest girl in the world and she is super smart (sometimes probably too smart for her own good). In one 10 minute clicker and treat session I got her listening to sit, up, and wait. Also, except for a few tinkles when she was overtired or over stimulated, she has been eliminating on schedule in the same spot in the yard since her second day home with us. We have also started puppy classes with her once a week and although she was the most active in the class, she was also quick at picking things up.
She is however, quite the biter. Once she is wound up, pretty much nothing will keep her from my socks (on my feet). Once she gets a hold my foot or my wife's she's tough to get off, plus her little teeth seem to be getting caught in the fabric causing her to bite even harder, no amount of yelping, ignoring, or redirecting will calm her down. Usually at this point, I lure her into her crate, which she already has been feeling safe in, and close the door. She'll cry for a minute or two, but then settle in and chew on her antler toy, eventually falling asleep. Granted its only been a week and I understand I need to practice patience.
My biggest concern, is no amount of treats or food is ever enough for her. When they are all gone, she becomes like a junky and starts getting frantic looking for more food. This really gets her worked up and her bites get harder.
As I side note, I should mention, that my wife and I live in a good sized apartment with a small side yard. I've been keeping her tethered and confined to the living room carpet when we play or train inside. She as stopped for the most part trying to run off while in this position, but man, when she gets a smell of food, the demon comes out.
Anyway, not so much a question I suppose as a ramble about my puppy. But, I thought I'd share. Thanks again for all the great info on here!
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