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Old 11-19-2010, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Teenage "years"

Layla will turn 7 months in a few days.
Her recent antics (over the past month):

Telling my husband to "shutup" (after he told her to get off our bed) by poking him in the face with her nose (under "stories")
Telling my husband to "shutup" by hitting him in the face/eye with her paw after she jumped on the couch and he told her to get off
Eating my husband's glasses
Pooping in my car AS WE WERE DRIVING to doggy day care
Wanting to spend MUCH more time out back with the other dogs and less around me
Whereas she used to want to hang out on the lanai, close to the house, she goes waaaayyy out in the yard and hangs out where I can't even see her!
Doing a full-blown back talking sass-attack last night (I kept putting her "down," and she finally gave up and fell asleep)

Miss Teenager is starting intermediate obedience this weekend. much needed!
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I understand what you're going through.
Frank will be 7 months the 27th of November, lately I've been comparing him to my 15 year old son, with a few of the terrible 2's thrown in.
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is the age that you see pups getting re-homed or turned in to shelters. The "cute puppy stage" has worn off and the pup looks more adult so the puppy pass is now void.
Ramping up the NILIF and obedience classes(or anything to keep pup busy) will help get thru the difficult teenage year! Good luck to all of you that are going thru this!!!
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I totally understand what you are going through! I have a 9 month old male and a 7 month old female.......lots of fun!!!
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Onyx'girl my husband and I were just talking about how this must be the age that rescues see alot, We would never give up on Frank just like we would never give up our 15 year old son, wish people who see the cute puppy could experience this age first before they make the decision to get one.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Wolfie is going through this too. Sometimes it's frustrating, but most of the time, I have to go in the other room and laugh at the stuff he does.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Boy, this is Sage in a nutshell! She will be 6 months old in a few days. She is known around here as the "Demon Dog".

I've never had a dog that was such a blatant thief either. And who takes such joy in it! She's mastered the "grab and run". Nothing is safe! She'll snatch the tv remote off of the coffee table and then run for all she's worth, just as pleased as can be!

She honestly makes me laugh. Having survived the worst puppy EVER (my red Dobe that I lost last year at age 14, who turned out to be the best dog ever), I'm getting a feeling of Deja vu, lol.
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Sounds like this puppy needs a lot more training and exercise. I'm glad to hear you are enrolled in classes because it sounds like they are needed.
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My almost 6 month old is a stealer. He also likes to put his mouth on the fabric chairs and stare at me with a slight dare. then when we let him out to go, he would start digging a hold for fun.

Result? Reminder training. sometimes we forget to keep up the training that we give when they are smaller. NILF

Second...he had to be on a leash to go outside and he finally figured out digging hole meant leash. potty meant hotdog treat inside.

6-8 months? But*head stage

That is why most obedience classes start at 6 months. Get pup in there
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Stosh is a late bloomer- his butthead phase started at 10 mos. I called him, he looked at me and I swear he rolled his eyes and walked away! Now we're having 3 short training sessions a day.
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