Ok, I wouldnt really say "behave" as far as all around. Just wanted to grab some attention, lol.
This is, regarding my Buddy. Who is a 3 year old neutered Jack Russell, Rat Terrier, Schnauzer.....whatever other terrier you want to think of, mix.
We've had him, for about a year and a half now. I consider in a rescue from my neighbor because they were pretty much gonna drop him off at the pound. Now the wife did love him, but her husband and his two boys, well, they didnt. The DH didnt like him cause he was to scruffy...and the teenage boys teased him. The DH didnt want him around anymore and wanted him gone. The wife and I became pretty good friends and I decided to take him. She paid to have him neutered and UTD on his shots, and I took him home.
They got him from another neigbor, whos dog had puppies and this was one they couldnt get rid of, so, 6 months living in a crate outside on the porch mostly eating cat food...yes, cat food.
Fast forward, I have him and the first thing, in 2 weeks hes housebroken. Now the wife next door did love him, but didnt know a lick about dogs and was amazed I had him housebroken. I refained from telling her if she hadnt free fed him so much and not just left him in the house without the needed potty breaks, she coulda had it done to..but anyways.
Well, didnt get far with him before basically the SHTF with out lives and we had to move in with mother in law who doesnt really like dogs.
So, let me tell you what he CAN do first, then I'll go from there.
Inside the house, I can get him to down, sit, stay, shake, turn left, turn right, stand, and walk. He will wait for his food and I have to tell him its ok to eat or he wont eat. He will grab the food off your plate if you leave the room with it in the floor or on the couch or something, but if its on a table, tv tray or just sitting beside you, he wont make a move for it, and he wont grab for food out of your hand. He did in the beginning, but now he knows better.
My problem is taking him OUTSIDE the house. I would be considered one of those people with one of THOSE little dogs, argh.
Hes not aggressive, and the phrase "he wont bite" and "oh he's friendly" actaully does hold true. But, well, he's a terrier...lol. He puts up a front and is standoffish towards people and towards other dogs. He doesnt really like cats...he liked OUR cats when they lived with us, but he didnt like cats outside of our little pack.
OK, now I know if he got loose from me and ran up to another dog or person, I know he wouldnt do anything, because, well, he had got away from me before and this little yappy im gonna eat you attitude goes to, OMG pet me love me playwith me feed me hold me...........
So, I think our problem is approaching things and distractions. But I have used every treat I can think of, toys, turning and walking the other way. I dread taking him out and I know I need to and im not helping him by not taking him but im afraid of how we're comming across and im afraid that because of how he does it, he will one day get loose and come across a dog thats gonna consider him lunch. I know my little Buddy doesnt mean any harm, but rude is rude and Im about to go nuts trying to figure this out.
I seriously consider that its me, and it probably is but I try to be calm and assertive and redirect, etc etc etc.
However, some bright sides that I see to give me hope.
Yesterday, my kids got off the bus (were supose to stay after school but they didnt get the message) and I wasnt home. Luckily all my neighbors were, so they were all outside playing and low and behold, my 10 year old had Buddy out with her. She broke into the house through her window and brought him outside.
He was doing great, he does love kids and being right there in the middle of everyone, he was just having a good ol' time.
Also, when I went in to have my son, a friend kept him for me and I was somewhat worried about that, cause he had never been away from us. Well, she said he did great. This person is a dog person with 3 german shepherds, so from the beginning, Buddy didnt have any problems with her, probably because shes a dog person, lol, and she said that all the dogs got along great and LOVED playing. Even her one dog who doesnt always like small dogs loved him and they ended up "arguing" over who was gonna play with him. Couse they might have looked at him as a new play thing, but thats neither here nor there.
OK, now I want to have this all the time (yes im being whiny)
I know I do need to get him out more, but other than that, how do I go about this? Any ideas? Tricks? Things I havent tried?
I will say, other than with DH, its going to take longer to get him comfy around men. The wifes DH...yeah, his idea of training was hitting.
Buddy doesnt freak out or anything, and my new neighbor gave him a treat and let him sniff him, etc etc, but if he made a sudden move, like just moving his hand, Buddy's ears when back and his head went down..he flinched. I will say though, it was only for a brief second and then he went right back to sniffing him. Never growled or anything, so thats a good sign I guess.
Sorry for so long a post, but at this point im frustrated and confused as to what im doin' wrong, lol. (I know, the frustration isnt good for all this)
Oh, and Ive had people tell me "Well heis
a terrier".....He's my first terrier so I dunno, lol.