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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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AJ's new/old problems?

Part of the reason we aren't ready to get that second do is because AJ sprouted a few more problems after the rains ended. During the rains, which lasted two or three weeks; stairs and chewing and a few long walks when the weather was clear were his main mode of exercise, but es now, when we tried to bring him back to 10 minutes of flirtpole and 10 minutes fetch twice a day, his over excitement came back. This time his nips are far more gentle but he still stands on his hind legs and pushes me if he can. He stopped this Night night, baby night, baby a while back a couple weeks before the rains. He also barks at me loudly, non threateningly but more like repetitive barking from his chest without a snarl or wrinkled muzzle. At home he also began showing a lot of reactivity of dog and people outside walking towards or getting close to our house. He is learning to drop things on command like his flirtpole toy after he catches it but because of his excitement half my time is spent bringing him to the small space by our door, holding his leash and making him sit or lie down to help him relax.
if anyone has any suggestions or anything, really, help is appreciated~

p.s. when we bring him to his chewing bones, he'll take forever to choose one but when he does, come sit (half of him anyway will sit) in my lap and chew away for hours like he did when it used to rain.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 01:06 PM
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How old is AJ now? Drives often intensify as a puppy matures. He needs good outlets for his energy and drives - part of that is allowing him to 'possess' the prey item he has chased and caught, like the flirt pole and tug. Let him hang on to his toy until he gets tired of holding it, then you can ask him to release it. 10 minutes of play isn't enough to expand energy and satisfy his drives - stopping while he wants more will only build his drives. Play longer, let him get really good and tired. Incorporate more variety into his play and exercise. Does he get off-leash hikes?


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