Peppy had his first trip to the behaviouralists today.
They both think that Peppy is a full chihuahua, not a cross. They just say he is a big one but they are 98% sure he is a purebreed.
Now with his escaping and barking problems they said the best thing for him (and Toby) is confinement. The side of our house can be shut off from the rest of the yard. Its a big area where the dogs mainly sleep and Peppy cant dig out of it. The ladies said stick them in their and only let them into the main yard for a few hours a day, as a reward system. Peppy is also now being crate trained. They've loned us a crate and he is in it as I type. I just locked him in it and will let him out in an hour and then lock him back in it to sleep and let him out in the morning. He seems to like it. Its been there since lunch time and he's been going into it on his own accord. They said dogs like a little place they can go and call their own.
Ive also been taught how to teach him basic obiedience (sit, stand, stay, drop and come) so I get control over him. Also a change in his diet has been suggested so we're doing that.
They also said he lacks self-confidence and is a very insecure dog and have given me some tips on how to build his confidence.
So fingers crossed that this all works. He will be going back to see them in a few weeks.
That is great news! It sounds like they have given you some really good advice. Please keep us updated as I have been considering something like this for Annabelle. (I may start another thread on it :wink: )