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'new to us' 6 mo old puppy - questions/issues

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    'new to us' 6 mo old puppy - questions/issues

    either Viszla or Weimaraner or ? (maybe some Lab)

    We have just purchased a 6 month old puppy - including her 'birth home' we are at least her 4th home. We truly want this to be her forever home! We love her already, and its obvious she is smart and really trying!

    She went to her first family about 8 wks old, then sometime in Sept that family felt that she was too much of a handful as they had several small children at home, and they advertised her for sale. At that time we replied to their ad, but assume they found someone else to buy her as they did not reply to us. Several weeks ago we saw another ad for a dog that seemed very similar - short story is we connected, decided the pup is just what we want, and we picked her up the following week (early this week).

    The pup was advertised in both ads as being 'Chocolate Lab' and we were also told that she was purebred. The latter did seem impossible with the relative low re-homing fee we were asked for. Not long after having her this week we realized that it is unlikely that she is Chocolate Lab - though she might have a bit of Lab. We suspect she might have a lot of either Viszla or Weimaraner.

    We also suspect that the behaviours we are having problems with might be a combination of the fact that we are her fourth family/home in 6 months AND her combined breeds.


    the GOOD:
    ♥ she is loving, beautiful and seems like she should be a quick learner
    ♥ she is sleeping through the night in her kennel in our room


    ♥ she seems to be housetrained - and only wants to 'do anything' once a day, during daylight
    ♥ she seems to walk well on leash (though I do have her on a good harness to be on the safe side)
    ♥ she is doing well with our fat, old cat (who has had several dogs in his life and has liked all!) - they are at the licking, kissing stage! But she keeps wanting to put her paws on his back

    the BAD - these we need help with:
    ◙ she switches to chewing - hands, things, leash, etc - fully understandable and not that hard to train out of for a young puppy, but harder at 6 months ?? help ??
    ◙ jumping up to the table, etc - again we think she was not trained much and either allowed to 'get away with' behaviours, or maybe just chucked outside. ?? help ??


    We really had hoped for a mostly-Lab dog, but we have her now and have fallen in love with her - truly want her to become a great dog!

    Suggestions/ideas please!!!

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    Hello and welcome!

    Keep a small rawhide bone in your pocket around the house, everyone who lives there should do this training also. Immediately when she goes to chew on your hand (or something else), calmly and firmly tell her "NO", then put that rawhide in her mouth and tell her something like "You Chew On This!". Once she drops it and walks away, put it back in your pocket for the next "lesson". Worked like a charm for my pups over the years. PS: don't leave her unsupervised with rawhide until she's mature and shows control with it, rolled rawhide is better than the knuckle bones as adult.

    When she jumps up on the table, using your arm, push her front legs off SIDEWAYS and tell her "Off!" Train her to sit right away if she doesn't know that already. If she even looks like she's going to jump up on you, tell her "Sit", before it even happens. As with any training, have some tiny treats in your pocket, when she sits, calmly praise her and give her a treat. When she starts to respond to "Off", tell her good girl and give a tiny treat.

    She needs physical and mental stimulation/exercise, give it to her daily with long walks and outdoor play and she'll be a well balanced doggie. Good luck, I'm glad you're giving her a good forever home....kudos!

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    when she starts chewing things she shouldn't like your hands ect redirect her to something she can chew, I suggest getting her an antler, a good size one with the points on it, not a flat one that she swallow and choke on. Antlers are very hard and she will chew on it for a long time.

    For the jumping on the table, when you catch her doing it stand behind her put your legs in front of her back legs and give a small squeeze, this will put her off balance and she will get down. You can also put a mouse trap in a bag and put it on the table, obviously close the bag so she doesn't get hurt but when she grabs the bag the trap will spring and scare her.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Loving this forum! There is a Canadian pet forum that is very similar, but with smaller population there are not as many forum members and therefore not as many answers! Though I have posted the same question on the Canadian forum and also gotten some good tips.
    Vet appt in a few hours - hoping to get some confirmation on our ideas as to her breed history.

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    Thanks - will add your suggestions to my 'list'!

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    Those breeds are very active and sporting, so they need more outdoor activity on a daily basis. Especially Vislas, at the park they are always running off in the field, and go far from the owners compared to other breeds. Can you post a photo?

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