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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2016, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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He is perfect until...

...I sit down. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration but let me explain. Jagger turned 6 months yesterday and training is going great. I've had him since he was just shy of 9 weeks and never had any crate issues, never pottied in the house. He's doing well with heel, sit, down, stay, place and even recalls. Besides living up to his true landshark potential i've had no complaints. I have however noticed in the last week or so that he is starting to "think" about obeying IF i don't have on a treat pouch, he's not wearing a leash in the house or i'm sitting down. Having raised two human children through baby/teenage years i'm amazed at the similarities. Is this newfound willfulness par for the course at this age? BTW, he's just really starting to teeth.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2016, 12:32 PM
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I would ration out half his food and use it for training. Don't feed him completely from the bowl. Also, buy a tug and have that be a reward.
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ah, the doggy pre-teen years. Their thinking through their willingness to obey or not is important. This is when you need the high value treats and well timed corrections, and a great sense of humor. The more you repeat good behavior, the better. Find as many opportunities to do recall (use a long line to reinforce) and place and such. Also try to never let them practice bad behavior. Yeah, that is actually impossible but do the best you can to stop any bad behavior at the first ear twitch.

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Thanks for the feedback. I figured that's what i was dealing with. As long as he has the leash on and knows there will be consequences or i have treats he is 100% obedient. But as soon as he gets a "free" moment where he knows i can't correct him or he can't see the treat pouch i can see his brain working before he obeys. He's raw fed so i can't really use his food as treats. I mean i guess i can if you think that will help. But I don't think him not liking his treats is an issue. Like i said, if he knows i have treats he is on it...no thinking necessary.
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You could use cooked chicken breast cut up into cubes as treats and then decrease the amount you feed him that day accordingly (or substitute your particular 'treat').

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I always called it the 'Who me?' stage. It's like they pretend to not hear or see you if they don't want to do it. As everyone said, this is when you have to be in hyper drive to follow through so it can't become habit.
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I'm definitely going to stay vigilant. I knew going into this that it was going to be work if i didn't want to live with a large uncontrollable dog. I've had little dogs my entire life. What i find interesting about him is how similar it is to my kids...LOTS of love and patience.
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