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Hi, I wondered if anyone can give me some advice about my Irish setter Scarlett. She is 12 months old and has suddenly become really naughty. She was very well behaved having attended 3 puppy training courses. She came in from the garden as soon as I whistled, had never weed indoors and never chewed anything apart from her dozens of toys. But in the last couple of weeks she has become a nightmare! She has chewed up cookery books, a tablecloth, table mats and anything she can climb up to get. She has weed in the lounge despite being outside for an hour before. She ignores all commands, jumps up all the time and is mouthing and biting our hands and arms. But the most frustrating thing is she just barks all the time if she hasn't got your undivided attention and especially at four o'clock every night.
We have 2 other dogs including a five year old setter that she sleeps with and is with during the day. I am at home all day so she has company. She is regularly walked, has a huge variety of toys that we play with and gets lots of cuddles.
Nothing has changed at home, she is very healthy and eating well, so why is she such a pain at the moment? I wondered if she might have her back teeth coming through - I am not sure when they usually grow? That would explain the biting but need to stop all the other unwanted behaviour especially the jumping up and barking!!
Please can anyone suggest anything to help?
Sue....Guardsman or Barjo do dog guards, tailor made to your car, that do not fall on your head. There are others. If you stop suddenly your dog will fly over your head and straight through the windscreen......no laughing matter!!!!!
Ossian.....I think Sue is just using that as an excuse to buy new carpets!!!!!! Nice one............
I think one of my first posts on this site was about Dublin who barked non stop everytime we drove in the car. I was frazzled and deaf in my right ear. No one at that time seemed to have that problem. I made the comment that I had read that irish setters were known to be barky. Again people all reported that wasn't the case! I am rather pleased that I wasn't crazy or rather my dog wasn't. Luckily I don't have this problem in the car with this dog. Actually the silence is lovely. We were freaked out when we got Cash in the car everyday and he just sat there nicely. What a blessing it was, pinch me was it real? But Cash likes to fog up my back window and then lick it constantly! He knows that if he breathes on it for a bit, it will fog and then he starts the cycle over again. I yell leave it, and he will stop and then start up again witihin minutes of it.
I think I will try and find something he likes to chew on, maybe that will distract him. I suppose it is harmless actually but annoying to me that he does it.
Thanks for the giggle...sounds like she is a smart one and just is showing you life is a game and she wants to play it with you. If standing still does not work try turning away from her....do not make eye contact but you can peek at her to see what she is doing and do not laugh outloud as you try to ignore her! All too soon she will grow out of her teenage wildness and believe it or not you'll look back and laugh and sometimes even miss it! I do agree that calm is best as a lot of what they pull is for reaction and attention from us....if they get the attention they want or the chase they will repeat the behavior cause it worked last time.