Originally Posted by northgashepherds
What training method do you use? Are you doing complete positive training? Does this puppy get negative training? How old is this puppy?
Practice training him on a long leash with very positive training; make it fun (with treats, praise, lots of praise, etc). Do not get frustrated with him. He’s just a puppy. Puppies are very rebellious. They go through an attitude phase/rebellious phase that could last until they are 1 to 1 ½ years old.
Puppies are not rebellious. Children can be rebellious. Puppies are puppies. They react to a variety of stimulaii dependent on their personality and and their experience and their energy level and their intelligence. When a puppy grabs a dishtowel or TP and runs with it, he is not being rebellious, he is trying to engage you in play. When a puppy does not sit or down in a situation, he may not be comfortable in the situation, he may not be clear about what you want him to do, he may be distracted. He is not rebellious.
Why I take offense at the word rebellious is because rebellion and defiance are things most people punish for. This is exactly what you do NOT want to do to gain a strong bond with your friend. I am NOT suggesting permissiveness, and am not against correcting or redirecting behavior, but punishment which follows perceived rebellion or defiance will be totally counter-productive.
And it shouldn't take a year or a year and a half to get a bond with a dog, and relatively good obedience, though one set of training classes is rarely enough, and continuing in training for many months or even years is beneficial to the dog and owner alike.
Stupid is another label people like to give puppies that do not conform quickly to their training methods. I find that it is actually the intelligent ones that often give more trouble.
OP, cheer up, you have an intelligent puppy that is full of energy and wants to play. If you reward your puppy with the game of chase when he runs from you, than you are doing an excellent job of training your puppy to initiate a game that is frustrating to you and dangerous to him.
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