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Our new puppy sometimes acts like those obnoxious little dogs on Cesaer Milan. Usually we just put her in her crate; it seems to happen most of the time when she's been playing a while so we think she is ready for a nap.
Today I had her out by the horses. I'm scared she will get stepped on so I tried to put her in a harness and leash to keep her out of the way. She was furious with the harness. I don't know whether she she got scared because she couldn't get out or because she was mad.
She escaped from it, and I tried to put her back in the harness and she turned into Cujo. I am not sure of the correct way to go forward. She is only 2 months old, so we don't want to expect too much.
She absolutely loves to go out to the barn and corral area. I hate to keep her from accompanying me. But she likes to play under the horses' feet and I cannot allow that.
What is an appropriate restriction/discipline for a baby? I think terriers don't react well to negative, but some behavior is just not allowed. We are using all positive training for house breaking and it's working very well--for her age.
 

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Our new puppy sometimes acts like those obnoxious little dogs on Cesaer Milan. Usually we just put her in her crate; it seems to happen most of the time when she's been playing a while so we think she is ready for a nap.
Today I had her out by the horses. I'm scared she will get stepped on so I tried to put her in a harness and leash to keep her out of the way. She was furious with the harness. I don't know whether she she got scared because she couldn't get out or because she was mad.
She escaped from it, and I tried to put her back in the harness and she turned into Cujo. I am not sure of the correct way to go forward. She is only 2 months old, so we don't want to expect too much.
She absolutely loves to go out to the barn and corral area. I hate to keep her from accompanying me. But she likes to play under the horses' feet and I cannot allow that.
What is an appropriate restriction/discipline for a baby? I think terriers don't react well to negative, but some behavior is just not allowed. We are using all positive training for house breaking and it's working very well--for her age.
What I recommend is continue the positive. You see it's already working. No punishment.

Terriers are TOUGH and once in fight mode they cannot 'hear' anything. They're not thinking. Also, she more than likely felt trapped and afraid in the new harness, then being tied made it even worse. She wanted to escape, so fought until she did.

On the other hand, they learn quick. If you'll use treats to lure her into it, then give her her dinner, favorite toy, etc., she'll associate it with GOOD things and want to put it on.

I adopted a 10 year old Parson Russell mix (maybe with Beagle?) from the animal shelter. She was a door-dasher, would slip a collar in a heartbeat and had no idea what a harness was. The advantage I had is that she's housebroken. It took less than a week to teach her 'put your clothes (harness) on' meant a tasty treat and out to potty. Even now, I always put her harness on at the door.

I'm on my cell. Hopefully, what I've offered above will help get you started on a more effective method for her.

P.S. I wouldn't use the crate as punishment. I'd throw chew toys or treats in there so she associates it with good things and with being calm.

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Yes, we are going to work on the harness for play and treats. It is a new thing, and is just barely fitting her.
That "cujo thing" is what we need to deal with. On one hand, we think she should not get away with that, and on the other we think a terrier goes into "the terrier mode" and forgets to think. So release as quickly as possible, or distract before it escalates?
The crate is a safe, quiet place for her. I don't think it is punishment when we put her in when she is a cranky, sleepy puppy. She usually goes right to sleep.
Thanks for the reply!
 

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Definitely distract before it escalates!! Use lower value treats the farther away you are, and highest value treats to distract (meat treats/cheese/squeaky toy) when you're as close as can be without her going ballistic.

The crate close by with a super duper super great treat for her is a wonderful suggestion. Biscuit likes her peanut butter bone-peanut butter smeared on a nylabone-when placed on a mat during dinner. Otherwise she uses these boogley eyes to beg for tidbits:
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Definitely distract before it escalates!! Use lower value treats the farther away you are, and highest value treats to distract (meat treats/cheese/squeaky toy) when you're as close as can be without her going ballistic.

The crate close by with a super duper super great treat for her is a wonderful suggestion. Biscuit likes her peanut butter bone-peanut butter smeared on a nylabone-when placed on a mat during dinner. Otherwise she uses these boogley eyes to beg for tidbits:
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Is she a rat terrier?
We are finding that rolling Pepper around and rubbing her belly can calm her down sometimes. Otherwise, she goes into the crate to settle down. A ball distracts her for a moment, and then she is back for skin.

We are having trouble finding treats that agree with her. So far boiled chicken is the only thing that is safe. Science Diet puppy food agrees with her. I'm going to donate our collection of treats to the pound next time I go to town.
 

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We are having trouble finding treats that agree with her. So far boiled chicken is the only thing that is safe. Science Diet puppy food agrees with her. I'm going to donate our collection of treats to the pound next time I go to town.
Perhaps one of the Science Diet treats would work.
 

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Is she a rat terrier?
We are finding that rolling Pepper around and rubbing her belly can calm her down sometimes. Otherwise, she goes into the crate to settle down. A ball distracts her for a moment, and then she is back for skin.

We are having trouble finding treats that agree with her. So far boiled chicken is the only thing that is safe. Science Diet puppy food agrees with her. I'm going to donate our collection of treats to the pound next time I go to town.
She's a Parson Russell Terrier/Beagle mix. Ten years old and adopted from a local kill shelter in August this year. She definitely has a hunting dog mentality! She can buck with the best of them, in her harness at the end of a 30-foot lunge line. 😆😆 I use a harness--which she can still slip out of--since I learned after her second day with me how slick she was at twisting out of a flat collar.
 

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She's a Parson Russell Terrier/Beagle mix. Ten years old and adopted from a local kill shelter in August this year. She definitely has a hunting dog mentality! She can buck with the best of them, in her harness at the end of a 30-foot lunge line. 😆😆 I use a harness--which she can still slip out of--since I learned after her second day with me how slick she was at twisting out of a flat collar.
Oh , yes, I know about slipping out of a flat collar! My last dog was a rat terrier and when I went anywhere with him I used a chain collar with the leash. They don't have necks, or skulls or something... I bought him a nice flat collar with his name on it; it went missing, but turned up months later having been through the lawn mower. He might have been okay with a harness, but the chain collar for his occasional outings worked fine.
My little one will do the harness until she gets a little older. Here she is learning to wear one.
Have to look up Parson Russell Terrier.
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My neighbors barn kittens never leave my barn! And I’m not complaining, I love them! I think she did it on purpose…. I mean she knows I have black and silver horses after all. LOL LOL I was trying not to get too attached so I just called them Black Kitty and Silver Kitty but since they are ALWAYS here I think they need actual names. Meet Nova and Thunder. ♥️♥️

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