Training newly adopted girl

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Hi . We just adopted a 7 month old girl , Athena .  It's pretty clear her previous owners didn't do much training with her . They couldn't even give me the type of food she had been eating . We've only had her few days so far ...seems to be adjusting . We are crate training her . She sleeps there at night and when wed are not home or when she needs a reprieve from the hectic house w 3 young kids. She goes to door to let us know when she has to pee , we let her in yard ...but she did poop 2x in house already , both after she had been outside already .... Not sure how to correct that other than keep letting her out and look for signs .. She's a jumper too , we're not encouraging that . We try to take her to park each day to let out energy . Walks are challenging w me , she is better behaved with my husband on walks . She also is not too fond of the cat ... Any advice for a new mom ?

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There are lots of old forum topics that you can read through.  You will find a wealth of information there.  For me, sometimes I found answers to questions I didn't even know to ask.  This is a great resource and you will learn a lot by reading what others have discussed.  Good luck!

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We have a jumper here too.. in fact sometimes I think Bella is half kangaroo.. Working diligently on it.. what's BEGINNING to work is a firm:

"NO! Down" The correction of 'no' first then the command of down afterward..

also what is helping .. when we give her a treat to drop in on the floor ( after a sit command) instead of handing it to her.. as she equates the hand with up and up with jump and well you get the picture..

Body language is read quicker than voice signals.. so a hand lowered straight out ( my football coach husband says.. think Heisman trophy ) and lower than your waist is a good signal for Athena to stay down.

Stay tuned for more..

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The down command didn't work for us. folding your arms and turning your back to them did. Eventually they would sit at attention and wait for you to turn around. But we needed everyone who interacted with them to do the same thing.

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That's what I've been trying , the turning around . One issue , I'm not sure how to handle is when I want or the kids want to sit on couch with a snack . She is relentless with wanting what he have . I try redirecting her attention to a bone or a toy , even a treat for her . But she can't get the snack were eating off her brain lol .

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About the begging, try teaching Athena the 'leave it' command.  Once she learns that leave it means not only to leave it alone, but dont even LOOK at it, it will be better. 

DJ is a horrible begger (my fault, I know) and if I'm on the couch watching tv with a snack, she is right there beside me, and usually starts out with that glazed look in her eye, fixated on my snack,  trying to inch her way into my plate without me noticing that an 80 lb moose is about to eat my cheesecake.................I tell her "LEAVE IT!" and she will scoot maybe 2 inches away from me and turn her head and look at the wall.  LOL  Whatever works!

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Paul, you just made my day.  I'm so glad well-trained dogs sometimes beg too.  Seriously, who can resist cheesecake? 

 

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Just a quick sidebar... has absolutely NOTHING to do with training. but it's a fun story..

     Back in the pre-Bella days, when Sofia was a young lass of only five, we were so thrilled with her manners.. delighted that hubby and I  could snuggle on the sofa, share a bowl of pop corn and she would just look on, proud to be a part of the family without begging or vieing for attention or food.

     We were watching a program, and sharing cream cheese on Ritz crackers.. Commercial break..... both of us got up to..... well you know.. break; without a thought of the plate of crackers and cream cheese on the coffee table.

Just moments later we came back to an empty plate and a DoberDiva with the faintest trace of cream cheese on her elegant whiskers..

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Lololol too funny .... My 5 year old was mixing pancakes other morning and I turn around and see Athena has a nose full of pancake mix lol . They really are great dogs , she has my heart already