Honey is now 11 months old, she has several behavioural issues that we are working on...
- She hates strangers and other dogs. We have been seeing a trainer and I do see some improvement in this area
She will walk past most people nicely, and will walk past some other dogs nicely with encouragement (we use a clicker and treats).
- She will bark (a lot!) – mostly when people come to the door, or when she gets spooked by a noise etc. I see no improvement in this – I have been doing ‘doorbell training’ every single day and she is fine when its me practicing with her, she will sit there like a good girl and wait for a treat, but say we are sitting down on the sofa and the door goes – its mayhem!
- When strangers actually come into the house, she hates them! I’ve seen some improvements, mostly with female strangers (yesterday the washing machine repair man came and she went crazy at him!)
- She will still nip when she is playing and gets too excited! She has started to ignore me telling her ‘No Biting!’ so she’s been getting time outs.
She is respectful most of the time, she never goes out of a door first, she waits for her food etc… However, she is NOT well bred and does NOT have a good personality inherently.
My question, does anybody think something to help her be a bit calmer would work well with the training she currently gets? Has anybody tried the DAP (Adaptil) collars, sprays etc for use with these behaviours?
I would like her to generally be a calmer and happier dog with other people/dogs etc, so I am leaning towards trying out one of the collars…?
Thanks in advance!