I am the owner of a beautiful one yr old pitbull-german shepard mix named Darcy. I love her to death, but she causes me more grief than pleasure. She has a whole laundry list of problems so if you could tolerate reading all of this and maybe help me out I would be very greatful. First of all, Darcy loves people and she isn't afraid to show it. Anytime someone besides me is around she will charge at them and jump all over them. Darcy is very big and strong so she usually ends up injuring the person she is greeting. This behavior has forced me to put her outside when people come around. Unfortunately Darcy barks at anything and everything she hears or sees outside. She barks so much that our neighbors now hate us and we have been fined for the nuisance. So I've resorted to leaving her in the garage for long periods of time. So while she is in the garage she gets restless and eats things. She got violently ill when she ate a soda can. The only time my dog behaves is when its time for bed (she sleeps with me and for some reason is on her best behavior when in my room) and when I take her on walks. I do have a job and a life and I can't spend 24/7 with my dog. I have tried to train her, but it seems she is just getting more and more disobidient the harder I try. If I let her in the house she charges in and runs around destroying everything in her path. I've tried showing her whos in charge by not letting her come inside till she is calm and submissive, but as soon as I open the door there she goes charging in. I've tried mussling her when she barks. It worked at first, but now she just barks with the mussel on. I've scolded her when i've found her chewing on things. I don't hit her, but I usually wrap my hands around her mussel and tell her "no" in a firm voice. Lately she won't even come when I call her. If she is outside and barking and I want to get her inside so she won't distrub the neighbors she just runs away from me and ignores my calls, all the while still barking. I'm at a loss and I fear that I might have to give her up. She destroys everything and has costed me a fortune in repairs and whatnot. I'm so lost and at wits end. Please help!
Thanks a bunch!