Over this past summer I got a little rat terrier puppy. She is adorable, but I cannot seem to break her of some of her bad habits.
She chews on everything. I have tried supplying her with chew toys of all different types, but she continues to chew. She’ll chew on the wooden legs of the furniture. Hell, she’ll chew a piece of paper into a million freakin pieces.
I also have been unsuccessful in training her not to crap in the house. I’ve tried scolding her and putting her in her kennel, or outside. But she just doesn’t seem to get it. Actually I think she does get it because she definitely acts like she did something wrong and knows it, even before I start getting on to her.
Oh yeah…and garbage digging. That one really pisses me off.
So, how do I train these bad habits out of my new puppy (she’s around 10 months to a year old) without resorting to smacking her. My other dogs learned quickly, but they are much much bigger and I wasn’t quite so hesitant to give them a little swat on the bottom to help them learn. She is just so darn small I’m afraid of swatting her.
Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated.