(Non-GSD) Desperate for advice.. text heavy
I am writing this on behalf of my sister because she is at wits end with her puppy and I have told her all I can and might need another approach. I don't live with her so obviously can only go off of what she tells me. But she asked if I can get advice from you guys because she doesn't know what to do anymore.
She has 2 pug mixes, male, 7 months old, in tact, Zues and Apolo. She has had them since they were 7 weeks old. When she got them she asked me for advice on training since I trained Titan pretty well by myself. I gave her all the advice I could and she started. Granted I don't think she did it quite as religously as I told her, but regardless, Zues is pretty well-behaved, minor issues, but Apolo is just not grasping anything. She is at the point of frustration where she is jsut mad all the time when he does anything she just yells and puts him in his crate. Direct quote from my sister on what he is doing: "...being too rough with Zeus to the point of viciousness sometimes, marking his territory EVERY WHERE, humping Zeus all the time like constantly following Zeus around sniffing his butt the jumping him. We have to put one or the other in a crate so Zeus has a moment to breathe. And he has no problem marking his territory right in front of us. The humping has gotten so bad that Zeus can't even go to the bathroom without him trying. So we have to so one at a time sometimes."
Some other details.. She six months pregnant with a part time job, and her husband is in the military working full time. They weren't planning the pregnancy which is why they got puppies, while they thought they had time and energy to train them properly, but life had other plans. They live in North Dakota, so it's below freezing for a good half of the year. They have a yard but it's not fenced in so they have a tether that they hook both of them up to when they go outside. My sister and brother in law tend to "feel bad" for the dogs when they do things. I feel they humanize them too much. So it took a while for me to convince them to crate training and I'm working on them doing somethign about them having the run of the house. They have an open floor plan but no gates or anything blocking them or containing them to one area.
I know that's a lot and if you made it this far I could really use some advice to relay to my sister. I told her to start form square one with him but she said she doesn't know.. sadly I think coming from somewhere like this would convince her more than me. Feel free to ask me any questions, I know a decent amount after all she's told me and can most likely answer them.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Commander Charly Titan (GSD)-15 Jan 2010