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Shasta is 7 months old and has decided that she no longer has to listen to any of the commands she knows and her used to be excellent on recall. Not so much. So back to the tether method for us. She is NOT happy about it at all. Priveledges have been revoked BIG time and she has lost all freedoms she previously had. She's mad and whiney because Shelby and Riley still have free reign over the house and she doesnt. They come when they're called. Guess we're starting back at square one like she JUST came home. She decided that barking and howling at 4am this morning was the best idea in the world. She got taken outside on her leash, didnt potty back inside and into the kennel. So much for her thinking she would get play time! If she's not tethered to me,she's in her kennel. Hoping this gets through to her quickly that not listening gets her in trouble and its no fun. UGH! Is she two yet?
 

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yup. tough love with my pup and tough love with my 3 year old who has started throwing herself on the floor for temper tantrums. thought we were past it but guess not. going back to work should be fun!!!!
 

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It seems like Shasta is in her bratty phase. I will be coming up on it before long with Jamie Lee. I already have to tether her to me when we are outside with Victor in the evenings. She is obsessed with running and biting his sides when he is training or running for his ball.
 

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Zoe just ended her butt head stage it gets better. I increased her exercise when we were going through this and amped up the training. It took all of a month or less for her to come back to planet earth where I reign:)
 

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I feel for you. About that age Mac started looking at us like "you're not the boss of me."
 

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That's the only thing that worked with Uschi and she was 7 mos at the time. Stosh is a late bloomer and he didn't get the 'I don't want to's' until 10 mos. But he hates being in trouble so he adjusts his attitude quickly. I hear lots of 'hummmpppphhhhs' when he obeys- fine with me just as long as he does it. Sometimes I'm glad they can't speak English!
 

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boy if Shasta could speak English i know what a few of her choice words would be lol! She's been crated most of today because hubby hasnt been home and i was awake all night so sleeping was necessary. She'll get some turkey like the rest of us when out turkey is done and i'll take her out to one of the nearby fields on the 20ft training lead and wear her furry little butt out but OMG i cant wait for this "lalalala i'm not listening" stage to end already. She's lounging at the foot of the stairs chewing on a bone to her hearts content right now.... and she's blocked from most of the rest of the house as of now.
 

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oh this is a fun one and quite common. you get your little puppy, he follows you everywhere, comes when you call him to you when one day he realizes there is a whole world out there that is much more exciteing than you...well, this is when you become much more interesting and keep leashes on in an open area. work on obedience as much as possible, as positive as ever and never ever get mad at the pup for not listening. she will know your angry and then defenitly will not come to you, may shut down and then your relationship is screwed for a while....here, ill let you in on my biggest secret when recalling young puppies...RUN! RUN away from them, they will follow...thats all im gonna give out ...good luck!

oh, and something else that was not mentioned...a tired puppy is a good puppy..
 

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oh this is a fun one and quite common. you get your little puppy, he follows you everywhere, comes when you call him to you when one day he realizes there is a whole world out there that is much more exciteing than you...well, this is when you become much more interesting and keep leashes on in an open area. work on obedience as much as possible, as positive as ever and never ever get mad at the pup for not listening. she will know your angry and then defenitly will not come to you, may shut down and then your relationship is screwed for a while....here, ill let you in on my biggest secret when recalling young puppies...RUN! RUN away from them, they will follow...thats all im gonna give out ...good luck!

oh, and something else that was not mentioned...a tired puppy is a good puppy..

LMAO!!!! Shasta would sit there laughing at me if i ran. I've tried that. She looked thoroughly confused! its was pretty hilarious actually. I'll try again later. She got worn out before we sat down to dinner so she's passed out in her crate for now. I just have no idea what could possibly be more interesting in the house. I mean its clean. Like sparkling (very rare these days) so theres nothing she can get into. I'm just so frustrated because between her and my 3 year old..... i could strangle someone! When i'm able to run again, i'll go back to that method for a little bit. lol thanks.
 

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im not sure how old you are or if you have kids but there like teenagers at that age. testing boundaries in everything they do. which means you need to have an even firmer hand with her. make sure that she understands you are boss. now i know that this is easier said than done. tyson was the biggest PIA puppy i have ever met but is now....still a PIA but has settled nicely into a mature PIA and not one who runs rampent blowing me off...get what i mean?
 

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Ugghhh I know what you mean....Brody is in his butthead stage too!
 

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im not sure how old you are or if you have kids but there like teenagers at that age. testing boundaries in everything they do. which means you need to have an even firmer hand with her. make sure that she understands you are boss. now i know that this is easier said than done. tyson was the biggest PIA puppy i have ever met but is now....still a PIA but has settled nicely into a mature PIA and not one who runs rampent blowing me off...get what i mean?

i have a 3 year old and an 18month old. Shasta has been pretty good today. i guess being tethering or crated throughout yesterday got the message across that she at least needed to tone down the PITA attitude. And hubby says she behaved immediately when he threatened to tether her again or crate her again today. So she definitely figured it out. We'll get back to a better behaved pup soon.
 

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hha! Bowser is right around 7 months and I feel the same pain! He suddenly has "gone dumb" as if he just came home with us... unless I have liver treats! haha. Good luck on your ventures.
 

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You too BowWowSer! Butthead stage = no fun! lol
 
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