And then there were three...
When we got Peanut and brought her home, she would come to me with her head low and seemed calm and submissive. She had spunk like puppies do but it wasn't as bad as it is now.
My father would visit and sit on the floor (back pains) and rough-house with our puppy. Now she bites our fingers and is much more excited and bolder. When she wants down she squirms, she doesn't listen well but then we have only started to train her to sit and all. But she seems more willful, she wants to do what she wants to do. I got Cesar's book "How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond" after we got her so I'm working my way through the book.
My father brought us two more puppies, Shi-Poos, so now she has friends to play with but I'm concerned about her behaviour towards the two new male pups. When she first tried to engage them in play she'd get right into their face and snap at them (she's also curling her lips and showing a bit of teeth when she does this). She would also jump up and try to hit their faces with her paws. I stopped this because they were new to our home and tentative at first. When one wanted to play I brought her and closely supervised play and redirect and block when I thought it was a bit rough.
Now that they've been here a few hours they can be together but I still watch them carefully. Outside in the grass they'd play and roll around and make growling sounds but sometimes their grows become louder and more intense. Again I break/distract to reduce the intensity and they go back to playing. Inside the house our girl Peanut went up to the smaller of the two males (no names for them yet) and they stood face to face and his lip was curling up. I distracted/broke that up too.
I've watched tons of DW and so when I introduced them I held her and let them sniff her butt, she squirmed like mad to get away to play with them. I have a small room of the house set aside for them, puppy-proofed and with 2 kennels for them (one for brothers, one for her). I project a calm-assertive behaviour, advising my mom when she's sharing excited/nervous/anxious energy but the techniques I'm trying don't seem to get through to her. I can sometimes redirect with food or a toy but if she's too excited she will ignore them. I try the 'tsssst' (works for my brother's high-energy, excited/dominant beagle and a doberman we had for a weekend) but its like she's clueless. I try to project my energy to her but its like nothing I do will draw her attention to me. I'm sure much of it is that she's a puppy but Cesar's approach works for so many dogs, is it possible that the touch, snap, tsssst won't work on a puppy too young? I tried to put her on her side and she squirmed and squirmed to get free and does not calm down or submit. I try holding her by the scruff of the neck, supporting with my other hand, but that doesn't seem to calm her either.
I'll continue reading and working with her but we've always had big dogs and I never installed discipline, that was my father, anyone with experience for such a young small dog have a suggestion for correcting her behaviour? Just the method to tell her that is wrong since she seems oblivious to my touch/tsssst while I read through the book. I skipped to house-training for a quick check but I'd like to read the book from front to back.