there used to be two dogs here (at my sister's house) but now looseyfur, the goldendoodle, has gone to my mother in france (she owns the dog). my other sister doesn't want lily, the chi-mix. lily is chihuahua, jack russel, and pug that i can identify, but i suspect there's a good shot of piranha in her, too. P dumped lily on D bec she was landed with lily when her ex presented their daughter with a puppy for her birthday without even asking. lily is not housebroken - she craps and pees *everywhere*, specifically targeting pillows, mattresses, and laundry baskets. she is destructive - she destroys toys, shoes, remotes, the garbage, etc. she is food possessive - yesterday she went after dandy like a land shark simply because he walked past her (a good two to three feet away from her) to come to me when i called him to get his dinner. she is also people possessive - i won't let her on my lap or on the couch while i'm sitting on it bec the last time i did, dandy came up for kisses and she nailed him right below the eye. no blood drawn but he's lucky he didn't lose the eye. walking - she doesn't lunge everywhere but that's about the only good part. she's terrified of traffic, so every time a car, truck, or bus comes by, she bolts directly into my feet. i must've stepped on her or kicked her while tripping over her about a dozen times last night. she is aggressive toward bikes, skateboards, electric wheelchairs, etc - and it IS aggression. her prey drive is massive - she's killed, that i know of for sure, three small animals: the family pet hamster and mouse and a squirrel in the back yard. she jumps ALL over the place - she's gone right up onto the table, counter, or stove and gone after food. when i tethered the two of them to a railing so i could pop in and grab a drink (i was soaked with sweat from doing interval runs with them), she managed to squeeze under the bar to get onto the patio and then jumped up onto the table to bark at me through the window. (dandy was lying calmly on the sidewalk minding his biz and watching the cars go by). and the noise, noise, noise, noise, NOISE!!!! this d--d dog ***does not shut up****! someone comes to the door and it's YIYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYI and she doesn't stop! you can't even hear yourself think, she has such a loud and penetrating bark. ppl passing on the sidewalk, branch brushing the window, someone on TV ringing a doorbell, doesn't matter - the slightest sound and off she goes and nothing stops her. on the good side, she's very soft and cuddly and always willing to be picked up. she's excellent around calm children and loves attention (i don't let kids under about 5 go near her, though, just bec i know she's bitten my older nephew who is, admittedly, a bit of a turd toward animals). bec of this, i can't see her being rehomed and D, although she hates, hates, hates, having cats/dogs in the home because of the hassle (she really does have a chaotic life and doesn't need it), will not get rid of lily because her daughter is in love with the dog. so far, i walk lily twice a day - i was thinking to avoid busy roads but frankly, that would mean either walking around and around and around the same block, or else going up and down and up and down the walkway. that's just stupid. so i will walk as usual but i need to get her to understand that she cannot go tangling up my feet - she needs to be less reactive. i think i will try walking on the sidewalk facing traffic and see if she's better when she can see the cars coming instead of having them whoosh up from behind. i don't let her up onto the couch or on my lap any more. i wait, then make sure she understands that the only reason is because i am permitting it, not because she's entitled. the moment she starts snarling or barking at dandy, down she goes and up he comes. when she's calm again, i switch them. for the food aggression, i need to figure out what to do - me, i can reach down and take the food right out of her mouth; she sits politely, ears back, with a very sweet "please, mum..." expression. it's just how to get her to stop going after dandy i don't know. the prey drive is a problem - she's so high-strung and wired for sound that any fast-moving object or squeaky sound sets her off into high gear and then dandy gets all excited and starts barking and jumping - at what? he doesn't know - he's just doing it. she had targetted a cat up a tree and dandy was barking at the fire hydrant. i've told my sister she needs to get back into crate training for the potty training - i can't see anythning else working. also, i'm going to refer her and my niece to the Toronto Centre for Canine Education - they specialize in problem behaviour dogs because, quite frankly, the lot of them need discipline and education.