My parents adopted a puppy(Nora) a month ago, she's about 3 months old now. I'm having trouble disciplining her when she misbehaves.

She is not getting along with our other pets. By that I mean that she almost constantly bothers them. She bites and jumps at our older dog, she runs after our cats and grab them. The other dog pretends to viciously bite her, but pretending is all he can do, so he usually ends up barking and whining for help. Our adult cat doesn't hesitate to slap her if she comes too close, she even scratched the puppy once. But Nora doesn't seem to get any of the message and keeps bothering them.

When she does this I'd usually tell her "no", if the behaviour continues I raise my voice and if she continues, which happens quite often, I would punish her by putting her alone in a room for a little time.

The problem is : how can I do that when she runs away from me? She basically just stay out of my reach and carry on her misbehavior if possible! And if I manage to catch her, she tries to get out of my grip by vigorously contorting, rolling on the floor and trying to bite me! How can I handle this? She's so agitated I'm afraid that she'd bite my face if I try to carry her.

I am more of a cat person so I know that I may be biased. But I find her far too rough to the other pets. I live in fear that she may hurt my kittens. I'm worried that the adult cat may hurt her for good as well.

My father is home all day long but he is quite passive and I know that he doesn't do anything to actually raise/train her. So it's basically up to me and my mother to do this. Needless to say, coming home after a long day of work to a disobeying puppy leaves us with very little patience.

Honestly, if things don't get better, I consider suggesting that we get rid of her. But I would rather avoid this. I have a long record of taking in abandonned cats and I don't feel like doing this to Nora.

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    Need the size and breed of the dog in question to even begin to come up with an answer. – sleddog Jun 14 '17 at 12:35

I think you should play with her more often so her energy reduces she is obviously extra hyper. Also considering to bring a dog trainer would be a good idea , if not possible you could take her to the dog park and make her meet new dogs that would teach her how to behave now that your older dog isn't teaching her that. You should probably leave the kittens in a different room to guarantee safety. Training your dog to sit is the first thing you would want to consider after safety is guaranteed. And of course don't forget to provide lots of toys and treats when she hushes down a bit.

  • Yes I agree, the dog is not so much misbehaving, as being a typical puppy. – Yvette Colomb Jun 17 '17 at 1:08

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