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Well hello teenage phase(7 Posts)
RunPup has been the world most angelic puppy to train (until recently). She is now, the little tinker, selectively deaf.
It’s quite a horrifying shock as now she is a year old she is big and bouncy and it is not even vaguely ok.
List of problems
1) recall round other dogs really sketchy. I’ve bought a long line and am working through total recall - anything else I can do?
2) mouthing, she never did as a tiny just started - zero tolerance.
3) eating nonsense off the pavement, bread, kebab etc and no longer leaving. Not really sure how to solve this because whatever I have in my pockets isn’t as delicious.
4) runs to far from me in the woods - can’t see her she always comes back but in her own time hoping total recall will help with that one.
5). She has also whilst playing with another dog, flattened me. (Though I think that was the other dog not her but ow nevertheless)
Argh, I feel like i’m back to square one and this time the puppy is the size of a small horse and no longer cute.
It gets better right? I win in the end don’t I?
Also now pulling on the lead. PULLING on the lead. We worked so hard to crack this one. And now she’s started again. Why dog why?
1 and 4 are recall problems - the trouble with 4 is that your dog may run into a dangerous situation you can't see (eg approaching a reactive dog or jumping up at a frail stranger). Total Recall is meant to be a good book, and it's a classic time of life to struggle with recall, so continue working through that! However, I sometimes find that in dense woodland my black dog is no longer visible despite not being far away, so a light up collar may help you keep an eye more effectively.
2 is back to basics puppy training, even if you never had to do it in the first place. DDog weirdly started mouthing around his second birthday so you're probably not alone.
3 Have you considered muzzle training? It's a safety issue, so it's really either that or constant scanning the pavement and dodging, while working on leave it.
5 It's carelessness and youthful exuberance rather than anything more sinister. I've a little dog (a trip hazard not a battering ram!) who likes to play chase with battering ram sized dogs and have come close to being flattened by bigger dogs on a few occasions. Tbh I just dodge out of the way as they simply haven't noticed me and are having great fun which I don't want to interrupt. Obviously it's different if someone in the immediate vicinity is frail, but this isn't one I can personally get worked up about!
Our pup is still to reach the dreaded teenage phase but everything I’ve read suggests that teenage dogs rebel and test limits just like human teenagers.
Most people suggest going back to basics and treat as though they were a new puppy again.
These all do sound like fairly typical teenage issues - which is not to say you get to lay off the training, it's needed now more than ever - but it will pass.
The first day Battendog really refused to do anything I asked (about 10 months old), it was obvious he was now a teenager. I sat with him for a few minutes for a cuddle and told him I'd see the real him on the other side
He's 18 months old now and more and more of the old him is creeping back into view. It's felt like a slog, at time, and there is still stuff to work on, but I can see we're winning.
Hang in there. Keep training, even when it looks like the dog isn't learning and keep the faith...
BiteyDogs teenage phase started early around 6 months of age. All that bloody training felt like it had been for nothing. Around the age of 8-9 months I survived by eating my weight in cake and wine. By the age of 1 year he started to listen again and I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Keep at it. It's shit but it will get better.
Glad, to hear i’m not alone and it’s normal.
The good news is that DH is magically on board with dog training this time round. (The previous agreement was that it was my dog and therefore I did everything - fine by me). I think he loves having a dog to walk.
I think I probably (no definitely) took my eye off the ball with proofing things as she is generally fab.
Just need to get back on it.
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