I need help with my almost year old puppy.
My almost year old briard, eats everything in site. We can't eat or cook when he is in the house, because he is either jumping on us or on the counter/stove. I have to put him outside everymeal time, snack time.
We shut the bedroom doors at night because all he would do during the night was chew anything he could get ahold of. He now just chews everything else in the house.
He still is not trained, every morning and every afternoon when we come home we first must clean before anything else. We always send someone in the house first to put him outside so we don't get jumped on or nipped by him. We have a 4 year old who gets nipped regularly if he starts to run around and play.
Our life is in turmoil because of this dog, my daughter(teenager)can't stand him, he has chewed a lot of her clothing and is always jumping.My husband is tired of cleaning up his business and tired of our sons toys being ruined. They both want him gone yesterday. My 4 year old can't eat or run in the house because the puppy out seizes him and either jumps on him to take his food or nips at his back.
We have two senior dogs- they were nothing like this when they were puppies.
The dogs are now starting to get aggresive when it is food time, we have to remove the older dogs once they are done eating, because they will go after his food. One of the older dogs pretty much just ignores the puppy but the other one will, when he has had enough attack the puppy, there has been blood due to a bite on the puppies leg.
I don't want to just give up on him, but I am loosing the battle.
My house is very unsettled.
It definitely sounds as though you need help and there are a whole bunch of issues with this puppy.
A lot of what you describe is typical puppy behavior, but should have been dealt with long ago. Briards are big, strong dogs and they have a natural herding instinct and can be considered a guardian breed. These dogs need early and ongoing training and socialization.
However, being a large breed pup, he is far from mature yet, and so you have time to work with him to improve things, but it will take time, consistency and patience (not to mention co-operation from the rest of the family).
The nipping and chasing is due to his herding instinct and although it's normal, he could hurt your younger child just in play, so you need to get a handle on this first.
Check out my Puppy Chewing and Puppy Biting pages for lots of tips and advice on these behaviors.
I would also strongly suggest that you get a crate and start to use it for both housebreaking and general containment. It will protect your home and belongings when you're not there or are unable to supervise your pup, and as he should have good bladder/bowel control by now will speed up the housebreaking process. You can find lots of information on this on my Crate Training page.
Puppies are just like children, they're not born knowing how to behave, what is acceptable, or why they need to do certain things. As owners, it's up to us to make sure that they learn the appropriate behavior.
They learn through repetition and association, and form habits quickly. You will need to be very patient and consistent in order to re-train your pup to the correct behavior. Briards are intelligent and loving dogs, and have a strong desire to please, so done correctly you should be able to succeed.
I would also recommend that you enroll him in a basic obedience class, which will help you both to communicate better and a qualified instructor will be able to help you deal with problem behaviors.
A talk with your vet or the trainer may also result in some other suggestions, and a dog behavioral specialist could also be useful.
It sounds as though your pup has just never learned basic 'manners' or appropriate behavior. All dogs are different and your other dogs may have had less intense personalities, but you may also have simply had more time to work with them. It doesn't seem as though he is aggressive, just high-spirited and untrained. This can be corrected.
I would suggest feeding your dogs separately from the pup until his behavior improves, food aggression isn't what you want to see and can develop into more widespread combative behavior.
I wish you the best of luck with it all.