So, I'm a proud new owner of a little 8 weeks old basenji (Nani) finally! I've been looking to adopt for the past 6months+ but wasn't able to find a pure bred (allergies) so I ended up going the puppy route. She is 8 weeks old and I've started training her the next day after she entered the house, which was this past Friday. She's had a few accidents in the house (all pee'ing) but some of that was my fault not taking her in a few hours or so. She does really well with going to the bathroom outside and I reward her with a treat when she pees and another when she poops. She has gotten the sit command and we're pretty close to getting her the down command. There are a couple of things though that are looking to prove a little tough….
1.) She is a great walker for a puppy, when she decides she wants to walk. When she doesn't want to walk, she pretty much lays down and wont go any where. Today, I took her out for about a 1.5 mile walk in the morning, but when I tried to walk again about 4-5 hours later, she was just not having it. I've tried to give her treats, she'll walk to the treat eat it, walk about 10ft or so, and then lay down. I've tried shaking a bag of treats in front of her but that doesn't get her to go. The only thing I've gotten to work (when she doesn't want to walk) is that I have a training leash and what ends up happening is that she'll put tension on the leash causing shes pulling away, and I'll just stand there and not give her any slack, but then after about 20secs or so, she'll give in and come walk with me. this process will happen about 10 times or more until she "gets it". Whats the best way to always get them to walk?
2.) My roommate has an older dachshund and she nips at him a lot, she bites his ear, bites his head, leg, and I've even seen her get on to his throat! She always starts playing like that 100% of the time, and 90% of the time, neither dog is making any noise. Most of the time, he (the dachshund) is just trying to walk away like he's annoyed with her. Sometimes I'll hear them making soft "grrrsss" and thats when I'll tell them both to stop which they do but then they're back at it again. And she is the one who will want to start again too. My fear is not being able to leave the two dogs at home alone not in a crate or if I step away from the two for a few moments and the nipping escalates into something very bad. Training with treats is going well, but its not like I can give her a treat when she is bad....haha
She just seems to have a nipping problem, she loves to try and nip on things(power cords, shoes, couch, etc...) but since I'm working from home right now, I keep her close to me and tell her "No". Then I give her the chew rope for her and she bits on that a few times but then tries to bit the thing shes not supposed to! I know she is still a very very young but what is the best way to teach them NOT to do something.