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Melissa98409 01-24-2014 02:39 PM

Ugh... teenagers
 
We're a crazy boy?! What happened to that sweet little boy who was so eager to please and was stuck to me like glue?! I know...he's growing up, finding his independence, but I don't want him to. He's still a good boy and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything, but whoa...he's so reminiscent of raising my human child. Thank goodness I had a girl, because he couldn't possibly bring me nearly as much drama as she did as a teenager.

We're trying our hand at agility. SO fun! We just switched training facilities, because of scheduling, and this new place has a totally different philosophy than the other one. I like it and I think we're going to be fine, but the learning curve is going to be a challenge. This trainer is totally treat based and doesn't give any negative markers. Basically, do what's asked...get a treat. Don't do it...no treat and no correction. Prior to this we've had tools like, bitter apple, pinch collars, etc. in addition to treats for good behavior.

Well, last night was our first night at the new facility. OH MY GOSH! I don't know where this version of my dog came from. Wouldn't sit, wouldn't stay, jumping on me, nipping, you name it...he did it. At one point he totally ditzed out and just ran aimlessly through the arena. I was shocked and embarrassed. I so didn't know this dog.

The trainer was like Jesus...calm, sweet, telling me that it was ok, giving him the excuse that it was the new arena and a new environment. Then...she holds out one of her treats and the little turkey does everything she asked him to do. Now, in addition to being shocked and embarrassed....I'm green with envy and jealousy! This is the dog who is scared of any stranger that approaches him and has to be lured into letting people pet him (we do a lot of work in socializing him). So...while I'm glad he didn't bark at her and cause a scene....how dare he befriend her over her puppy crack.

On the way home, the turkey was quietly snoozing in the backseat as if none of that last hour had transpired. Cute...sleepy...happy....and so in for it today. Oh yes....that little man is going to train his butt off for the next week. We're going to go into that arena next week and resist her puppy crack and dog whisperer voodoo like a good little boy and do everything mom tells him to do.

I know he will be good at agility, and enjoy it once we learn how to do it, but oh boy...we have a long road ahead of us if this is going to be the dog he chooses to be.

I'm just blathering...looking for someone to say "your not alone" and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel or that you're having like experience at 11 months old. :D

AkariKuragi 01-24-2014 02:57 PM

Hahaha! XD I'm sorry, that was too funny. I hate how they do that- with you they are good (or at least mindful enough), then as soon as someone else comes along it's like they can't hear you. 9_9 But from the tone of your post I have confidence that you're going to whoop that boy into shape. : ) Good luck and I hope the next session you have he stops being a brat. XD


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Springbrz 01-24-2014 03:11 PM

:rofl: Sorry... I don't have any input. I just found your post to be so hilarious and relatable.
Only for us it was just basic OB this fall. I complained to the trainer about all my issues with our girl.
He takes the leash and she is a perfect angel. I feel like a total arss. :D

Good luck to you and Agility training! And thanks for the smile today :)

Franksmom 01-24-2014 04:24 PM

I understand!
Rowdy may not be a GSD but he is a 9month old male teenager (australian shepherd)
Somedays I think What a GOOD Boy! and some days I threaten his family jewels several times a day. LOL
He is really a good boy, and just like your boy will get this obedience stuff down and I think be a dream to show, but getting there some days feels like I'm on a Quest to find some lost artifact LOL

Melissa98409 01-24-2014 04:31 PM

You understand me! Yay, yes the little monster is basically good and while we're not in line to be winning any obedience awards any time soon (clearly), he knows that when he's told to do something it's not a request and is expected to do it. However, I don't know if the planets are out of order, the earth is off it's axis or what the deal is, but he's just been a stinker lately. People have been saying that their dogs were just like this from about 9 months to about 14 months. I'm holding on to the thought that this is only temporary and of course all his fault, right. LOL

Franksmom 01-24-2014 05:29 PM

I keep holding on to that temporary thing too LOL


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