Relationship Deterioration

The relationship between Ditto and Sheba is deteriorating. Ditto is less and less willing to put up with her shit.
A common scenario is Ditto walking through the house, fast, with Sheba on his tail. She just bugs him and bugs him like she wants to play all the time. If we pay any attention to Ditto, she comes and gets between us and Ditto.
We give them both a treat, Sheba eats hers fast, then tries to get his.

That’s what happened last night, and Ditto wouldn’t have any of it.
They got into a fight–for real. It’s becoming more and more common.
I was breaking them up and Sheba hit me on the wrist. It’s the first time I’ve ever been bitten and it drew blood.
Sheba seems to be non-trainable. She thinks she has to do what she is told only when she wants to. She just acts deaf when it suits her. Or, as another example, I teach her not to jump up on me, but the minute we have guests, she jumps up on them. I teach her ‘no jumping’, and she thinks jumping is OK, just not on me. She can’t get the point.
I want to get rid of her but the OI Girl wants to keep her, so we’ll keep her. Part of me wants to keep her too.
She is just so constantly annoying to me and Ditto. She won’t let anybody rest.
For a week we’ve been keeping her in the kennel in the daytime. She should be getting out of the kennel, not just going in. Proof of worsening behavior.

I don’t know what to say. It’s not like teaching her to sit or something, it’s teaching her to exist minute to minute without pissing everybody off.

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  1. I agree with Anduin, try a pet trainer. Have you ever watched some of the pet training TV shows? We’ve tried some of those things they tell you to do and it worked for our doggie. Now with the new doggie we’ve tried some of the same things and it’s worked for her too and believe me she is a hard headed breed. She is half shar pei and half pit bull. I definately sympathize with you though. I know how frustrating it can be. Moose was a chewer when he was young and we would wake up to him having chewed our nightstand in the middle of the night. Once my underwear drawer was open just the smaller bit and in the morning I woke up to no underwear as he had chewed every undergarment I owned. I was pissed let me tell you!

  2. I like the Pro Trainer idea. I had to take my Min Pin to school because SHE was the boss and I ha to teach her that I am the boss and the queen of the house, not HER. Good luck to you!Oh, and by the way, I have to work from 8 to 12, so I can’t do my appointments any other time than at 1:00 or 2:00, but I do appreciate your suggestion. I wish I could go earlier in the day.You know? Maybe I could go before work. Now there’s an idea. Hmmmmm.