Fleury hit the butthead stage
Fleury just hit his 6 month mark this past week and we had been doing so well! He had been causing regular puppy mischief, but nothing we hadn't gotten used to handling. But now, I fear that hormones are rewiring his brain and somewhere the nerve ending that connects his ears to his brain turned off the switch that listened to mom.
He has been sassing for the past month of so - just sort of whining and huffing when we tell him to do stuff he doesn't want to - but he still did it. Now, it seems to really depend on his mood...some days he's back to his normal self - other days he seems to be a crazy dog in my puppy's body. He started to sort of bunch up his bed in what seems to be a pre-hump maneuver - although my husband and I both just take away the bed when he does that - humping is definitely not allowed here. Gross.
He's also getting bolder and more curious. And guarding more - alerting me to anything that's not how it's supposed to be.
I know, like the landshark phase, that this too will pass and we'll get back the nice, well behaved, loving dog we had a month ago if we just keep up with training/socializing but, like the landshark phase, the tough part is getting through it. I keep repeating this to myself each day.....