Thank you for the reassurance. I am currently trying the time-outs before the spray only because the one time I was in the garden watering and accidentally sprayed her she loved it .. but there was no lemon juice and she hates that so I think that will be the secret weapon!Please don’t over worry about this. Luna our vizsla was the exact same- I have 2 toddlers and she would always attack my youngest with her crazy shark bites. She almost took her ear off when she was around 14 weeks. We used all sorts to try and stop but the trainer advised us to get a spray and add some lemon juice and every time she bit squirt it directly onto her tongue. She absolutely hated it. She said if that didn’t work use vinegar! But it stopped within days and changed everybody’s moods in the house. It does not hurt the dog completely safe just like us tasting something sour. Luna stopped when she was around 4 months old. But persevere she is now so well behaved and absolutely loves my kids and never ever bites them. Keep going.. the hardest parts will soon be over!
Thanks so much for this... it really helps knowing that you are not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel Keeping her on a light leash in the garden and then time out if too much will hopefully do the trick .. it's hard to pick her up occasionally as she wriggles like crazy bit no biting do far. I had to laugh this am ( hysterical laugh not happy casual laugh )as the morning was chaotic.. kids fighting ; Ellie running round with e toilet roll in mouth ; cat trying to steal dog's food and husband .. who says , " I have a work call, I'll leave you to it!! " I am currently crating her for 1.5 hours in am and 1.5 in pm - part of it is I think her energy build trough the day - but you could be right re too much ! Thank you again@Wykes , Our girl's name is Ellie also 😀 . I'm so sorry that you are going through this and seems you have it really bad. Ellie was a real handful and we had considered returning her to the breeder around 4 months, similar age as your Ellie. She would constantly harass my 8 year old daughter and it caused us to have a family intervention of sorts. It was everyone get on the same page with how to react to Ellie being "bad" in a consistent manner. One example was my daughter would flail her arms wildly trying to defend herself, of course this just riled Ellie up into even more shark behavior. We started defending ourselves with piles of toys strewn across the house. Shove the toy in her mouth, redirect the shark. Then if that didn't work, a firm NO or "EHE" and walk away/ignore. Next step was time-out in her kennel, of course the kennel process was always positive. The time-out gave her a chance to reset, usually she'd just take a nap. Most shark attacks were because she was tired anyway. We also dealt with the crazy dog moments on walks, where she'd turn into a little devil. Biting leash, trying to overpower pull away, biting shoes, sharking, and just basically throw a tantrum. Remember that is exactly what it is, a tantrum just like human children. Do not react no matter what. Step on the leash and just give a few feet and stand there like a pole for awhile, it may feel like an eternity and is definitely embarrassing. After a bit, hopefully she'll calm herself down, if not after awhile, try to just pick up the leash and start walking home as if nothing happened. You are demonstrating that the tantrum will not get them anything and it is a waste of time.
Consider 2 hours of kennel time twice a day according to your schedule. Many times these sharking and bad behaviors are because they are tired and are too young to figure out that I need to go take a nap. I'd take a look at your schedule, maybe you are trying to do too much at this age and it starts catching up in the evening resulting in super sharkie behavior? 6-8pm is already the witching hours even if they aren't overtired as it is.
For us magic started to happen about 2-3 weeks after we had our family intervention. At close to 5 months life was getting much better and we were actually enjoying Ellie way more than the first 4 months. By 6 months she was a new dog. Now at 8 months, she is so pleasant to be with. We still struggle just a tad with the greeting excitement and she'll still jump up and try to "grab" with her mouth. She has now learned "get a toy" at any greeting and she'll run and pick up the closest toy to keep in her mouth as she does her crazy wiggle butt greeting process. It acts like a pacifier.
Best of luck and hang in there, you are almost at the end of the tunnel!
Ok once again thank you so much. But things took a bad turn last night and I spoke to the breeder who has actually now taken her back for a few days to see if she can get to the bottom of her behaviour. We absolutely adore her but even now I'm really scared of her as her mood just changes. I know they can pick up on your fear hence I tried my best to not show it, but they're far from stupid I know. I just don't understand why and how she can just change and the only way i can explain her behaviour is like a Jekyll and Hyde. Thank you for your continued support it's greatly appreciated xJust a word of caution.
Picking the right trainer, can be the best thing you ever do. Picking the wrong trainer, can turn into a nightmare.
Don’t ever let someone train your dog in a way, that you are not comfortable with. You are your dogs only advocate, don’t be afraid to stand up for them, and say No. Just because someone has been training 20, 30, or even 40 years. It does not mean their training style fits you and your dog.
Also …I just spray directly on his face …most likely after you do it once, the next time you just have to show him the bottle .. I didn’t have to actually spray very oftenI have never used lemon juice . I have used the spray bottle , just plain water … it was like magic … only thing that worked to startle Pillu out of the biting Zoomies when he was that age . One thing , I initially kept the spray bottle in ‘spray’ mode - did not work at all, switched to ‘stream’ mode worked very well. Also Vizsla pups seem to get over excited really quickly and they often do all this when they are tired … they have no off switch …I would just crate your pup ( try to do it before he goes crazy) you will most likely sense when he is about to do it … cover your crate … spray bottle + crate was the only option for me … none of the fold your arms etc…worked for me
Thanks @rchik43 ill get a bottle this eve and try this but i also like your advice of creating before they even get too mental. Im starting to recognise when that is so hopefully this will help. She doesnt like to be created when she isnt tired she will howl and bark, but its fine for 5-1o mins if it diverts the sharkies. All great advice and thanks everyone. Sorry to hijack the OP thread but its the same issue i have, was like reading it as if i wrote it!Also , I guess when I was putting him in the crate , I was not really treating it as a ‘timeout’… it was just for him calm down , settle, go to sleep … nothing else