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Old 07-16-2014, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oh my gosh, my boy is turning into a butt head. It could be due to his age (5 months) he does not want to listen. He reminds me of my butt head teen. Any advice from any one that made it threw this stage. I still stay on him with commands, play, and training. Also I can not get him to stop barking at people even threw the advise I got. But.I do say he is cute when he sees a bird flying, he watches them and smiles =)

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Old 07-17-2014, 02:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't really know too much but Gunther is being especially ornery lately. I have him on his leash in the house lately. I've really had to try to re-establish myself as being dominant over him.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh my gosh, my boy is turning into a butt head. It could be due to his age (5 months) he does not want to listen. He reminds me of my butt head teen. Any advice from any one that made it threw this stage. I still stay on him with commands, play, and training. Also I can not get him to stop barking at people even threw the advise I got. But.I do say he is cute when he sees a bird flying, he watches them and smiles =)

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I am hoping it is just a stage as my Athena is being a jerk lately herself... barking non-stop at everything... rabbits, birds, the cat and us... although her bark at us is an attention bark and only when she is in her kennel outside.. it is like all of the sudden she is becoming moody and mouthy... I have not seen any aggression but she has given me that look of "I do not have to listen to you but I will sit because I want to..." and then obeys my commands... the hesitation is drving me nuts! LOL
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Yep, at five months you have an adolescent on your hands and they can be as bad as human kids (not that all human kids are bad). You will survive this - just keep repeating that. Keep up the training and don't give in. NILIF is good at this stage as well. In other words they have to work for everything.
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Yep, at five months you have an adolescent on your hands and they can be as bad as human kids (not that all human kids are bad). You will survive this - just keep repeating that. Keep up the training and don't give in. NILIF is good at this stage as well. In other words they have to work for everything.
NILIF??? What does that stand for?
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NILIF??? What does that stand for?
Nothing In Life Is Free. Make him work for everything (attention, food, toys, etc). It's quite effective.

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If you don't NILIF will your dog have issues?
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Nothing In Life Is Free. Make him work for everything (attention, food, toys, etc). It's quite effective.

here is one of many threads on the issue

If you don't NILIF will your dog have issues?
Thanks!

I have 3 teenage boys you would think I would know that...Guess that's how you know you are getting old...
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Oh I do. I make him work for every thing except water and ice cubes. He is sassy. When I point my finger at him now and tell him no, he copies me with his paw he is silly some times. If I'm brushing him and he tried to eat the brush, I tell him no, and he would cover his eyes.

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After reading the thread on NILIF I have to say I am this way with Athena on everthing but her food and water. She never finishes all of it at once and therefore seems to have food in her bowl most of the day. I do make her sit and stay before the bowls get refilled with either food or water and putting on/taking off the leash requires a calm sit also. Play is done in the same manner.. to me all of this was just teaching her manners. Even though she is Miss Attitude right now I still enforce the "laws" before any event. Just burns my butt to see that look in her eyes and know how mouthy she would be if she could talk! LOL Even my boys do the uh-ohh thing when they see her act this way... lol I guess if I can train them through adolesence I can train her!
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Oh I do. I make him work for every thing except water and ice cubes. He is sassy. When I point my finger at him now and tell him no, he copies me with his paw he is silly some times. If I'm brushing him and he tried to eat the brush, I tell him no, and he would cover his eyes.

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