Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
It *could* be that all the playing with the new puppy has him excited and since he's not required to work during that, he's not listening. Maybe he just wants to play and that's it. Maaaybe... Not too sure about that one.
I would make him work to play though, as a first step. Before you let him off the leash (as with the puppy) you should be making him sit, down, you know, do something to earn that. If he doesn't, he goes back inside for a few minutes or to wait in his crate in the car. That type of thing. And I'd up the training at home a bit, as you would during an adolescent stage in case that's all this is.
Keep an eye out for any medical issues that could be causing a change in behavior, too, of course.
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