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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2014, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Teenager phase!!

So CJ is deep in the joyous stage of being a teenager. He's doing really well at everything but he's now struggling to find his place in the pack. He has started to become really defensive of me but only with certain people.

We take charge right away and disciple. It's only every happened outside so he gets a "time out" and put inside away from everyone.

Just looking for some tips because we have a trip to visit family coming up and he knows everyone just don't want him to get any further down this road. I've heard it's just a stage and you need to just push through and continue disciplining and he will grow up. just looking for some advice!

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what do you mean he gets defensive of you?
How is his confidence level? Is he showing hesitance at all?
The 'teenage' stage is usually when the pup becomes very aware of the surroundings and will take control of situations if the handler isn't doing it for them. 10 months seems to be the age when pups are showing this independence.
I would let CJ know you have it under control(NOT thru corrections or discipline, but from management) so he won't feel the need to be proactive.
Keep his confidence high and let him know you are the one that controls his world(thru NILIF, training and praise when he is making the right choices)
Pups still want to please, but sometimes they don't know how to do so....and reacting to situations that aren't worthy of reacting to is one example.

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Thanks for replying!

CJs confidence seems to be very day to day. One day he will be super confident and we will praise like crazy but then the next day he will be timid.

Dogs are the main problem. He thinks he has to defend me from them and just recently some people he's started to think he needs to defend me from. We live on a military base and everytime we go through the gate he barks at the guard like crazy. Then today he tried to bite someone he's met multiple time. We done all kinds of training and socialization but lately he just wants to bite everything.


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He is defending you, or showing reactivity because he wants them to go away. He needs to let you handle things....if you aren't working with a good trainer or club, best to find one asap. And be diligent! Watch for triggers, redirect him BEFORE he becomes reactive.

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Thank you! We have a great train who is helping us with the problem. We are working on picking up the exact trigger. He just changes so quick it's hard to catch it.


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He is defending you, or showing reactivity because he wants them to go away. He needs to let you handle things....if you aren't working with a good trainer or club, best to find one asap. And be diligent! Watch for triggers, redirect him BEFORE he becomes reactive.




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It isn't him so much you should be watching, but up the road. Then if you see him stiffen or zone in, redirect him to a toy/tug or food....don't correct him as that can sometimes backfire and the dog sees the correction coming from what they are reacting to.

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For redirecting in the car, try a squeaky toy that magically appears from you as you pull up to the gate. We are working on reactivity in the car now too.
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