Wjohnsonfarm, your baby girl has similar markings to my own BC, and I therefore pronounce her to be extra beautiful.
My Chessie is a very complicated dog, even by BC standards, and the challenges she presents could fill a book. I have chosen just one of them to ask for input on:
She loves riding in the car--any car, anyONE'S car (she will hop inside any car she sees if the door is open and expect the person to take her someplace)--but her car manners are dreadful even now, 6 years into it, and the worst of it is that she viciously "attacks" the seatbelts. She attacks them as you turn the ignition, or as you reach to buckle up, or as you raise or lower windows. Sometimes she attacks them without any cue.
Our last car's seat belts were completely destroyed. She is now working on the belts in the new car. Here are the things we have done to stop this behavior:
1. "NO!" (Damage already inflicted.)
2. Grab collar and yank away. (Goes to bite other seatbelt.)
3. Spray water on her face. (Husband's idea. Ridiculous.)
4. Spray bitter apple on belts. (Desire to bite seatbelts stronger than dislike of bitter apple.)
5. Distract her with treats. (Treats expensive.)
6. "LIE DOWN!" (Pretends not to understand familiar command.)
7. "SIT!" (See above.)
8. Smack butt. (Extremely high pain threshold.)
9. "NO! NO! NO!" (I'm sorry. I do not hear you.)
10. All of the above, simultaneously. (This seatbelt must be taught a lesson, and I am the dog to do it.)
I have had reasonable success using treats (#5) and instructing her to "watch my hand". She will watch my hand even when I have no treats, and it breaks the behavior, at least temporarily. But my husband refuses to cooperate with this for reasons only he understands, and the seat belts will be destroyed soon enough and we'll fail inspection. And he will manage to make it be my fault, but that's a topic for a different sort of website.
I also want Chessie to lie down and behave and not bark at people and lots of other basic good-car-dog stuff, but right now it's the seatbelt shredding that absolutely MUST STOP. Has anybody dealt with this problem or a similar one? Using a muzzle won't stop the behavior, though it might spare the seatbelts. I want her to LEARN that this specific behavior is unacceptable to me, and I am not getting through to her so far. Any advice greatly appreciated.
(BTW, she has been doing this since she was tiny. I can't recall the first time it happened, but she was probably about 3-4 months old. I don't recall any precipitating factor.)