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Layla will turn 7 months in a few days.
Her recent antics (over the past month):

Telling my husband to "shutup" (after he told her to get off our bed) by poking him in the face with her nose (under "stories")
Telling my husband to "shutup" by hitting him in the face/eye with her paw after she jumped on the couch and he told her to get off
Eating my husband's glasses
Pooping in my car AS WE WERE DRIVING to doggy day care
Wanting to spend MUCH more time out back with the other dogs and less around me :(
Whereas she used to want to hang out on the lanai, close to the house, she goes waaaayyy out in the yard and hangs out where I can't even see her!
Doing a full-blown back talking sass-attack last night (I kept putting her "down," and she finally gave up and fell asleep)

Miss Teenager is starting intermediate obedience this weekend. much needed!
 

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I understand what you're going through.
Frank will be 7 months the 27th of November, lately I've been comparing him to my 15 year old son, with a few of the terrible 2's thrown in.:wild:
 

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This is the age that you see pups getting re-homed or turned in to shelters. The "cute puppy stage" has worn off and the pup looks more adult so the puppy pass is now void.
Ramping up the NILIF and obedience classes(or anything to keep pup busy) will help get thru the difficult teenage year! Good luck to all of you that are going thru this!!!
 

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I totally understand what you are going through! I have a 9 month old male and a 7 month old female.......lots of fun!!!
 

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Onyx'girl my husband and I were just talking about how this must be the age that rescues see alot, We would never give up on Frank just like we would never give up our 15 year old son, wish people who see the cute puppy could experience this age first before they make the decision to get one.
 

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Wolfie is going through this too. Sometimes it's frustrating, but most of the time, I have to go in the other room and laugh at the stuff he does.
 

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Boy, this is Sage in a nutshell! She will be 6 months old in a few days. She is known around here as the "Demon Dog". :)

I've never had a dog that was such a blatant thief either. And who takes such joy in it! She's mastered the "grab and run". Nothing is safe! She'll snatch the tv remote off of the coffee table and then run for all she's worth, just as pleased as can be!

She honestly makes me laugh. Having survived the worst puppy EVER (my red Dobe that I lost last year at age 14, who turned out to be the best dog ever), I'm getting a feeling of Deja vu, lol.
 

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Sounds like this puppy needs a lot more training and exercise. I'm glad to hear you are enrolled in classes because it sounds like they are needed.
 

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My almost 6 month old is a stealer. He also likes to put his mouth on the fabric chairs and stare at me with a slight dare. then when we let him out to go, he would start digging a hold for fun.

Result? Reminder training. sometimes we forget to keep up the training that we give when they are smaller. NILF

Second...he had to be on a leash to go outside and he finally figured out digging hole meant leash. potty meant hotdog treat inside.

6-8 months? But*head stage

That is why most obedience classes start at 6 months. Get pup in there :)
 

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Stosh is a late bloomer- his butthead phase started at 10 mos. I called him, he looked at me and I swear he rolled his eyes and walked away! Now we're having 3 short training sessions a day.
 

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Amen!!!! Max is 11 months and sometimes referred to as the rotten teenager :wild:. He talks back allot more and we are going thru ANOTHER barking stage. He barks when the phone rings for goodness sakes!!!

I love him to pieces and know that this too shall pass :D

Oh and he loves to steal socks, it really is hard to not laugh sometimes.
 

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It's all part of growing up. Enjoy it as much as possible but don't let it get the best of you.
 

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I have to admit that I'm not much for the puppy stage. They're cute, but I don't get that much out of it. I feel the same way about kids. Babies don't make me gush, I prefer a precocious four year old or older. I have neither, thank god. So, when Dexter grabs either a cap or a pair of socks, then makes a mad dash to one of his beds (his big ears flying behind him) and then just plops down, drops the object as soon as you ask, well, I too, just have to laugh. He doesn't eat it, he seems to like the game: Grab it and run. The end. Happily, I've not observed any back talk from him. I'm curious to see how mischievous he is when he comes back from in-kennel training. It's going to be tempting to spoil him because he's been gone so long, but I'll try to resist.
 

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Shasta hasnt entered this stage.... she was born with it already going. lol. She tries so hard to please me and then its like she forgets herself and butthead appears full force for DAYS before the relatively well behaved furball returns.
 

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This is the age that you see pups getting re-homed or turned in to shelters. The "cute puppy stage" has worn off and the pup looks more adult so the puppy pass is now void.
Ramping up the NILIF and obedience classes(or anything to keep pup busy) will help get thru the difficult teenage year! Good luck to all of you that are going thru this!!!
Stark was almost fed the coyotes a few times during this stage... lol... does everyone remember my box spring?!

I can reassure you... it gets better!!!

Stark is 19 months old now and I can happily sigh in relief... seems like everyday is a step in the right direction to a balanced, confident, obedient dog.

I think the only thing that saved him is his good looks and big brown eyes! ;)

Take every day one day at a time and take a lot of deep breaths.. lol.
 

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Minna is doing all this same stuff. She turns 7 months old on the 26th! And she definitely has hit a butthead stage recently.

Her favorite new trick is to open bathroom doors and get into the trashcans. I even had to block off the upstairs because she can easily open that bathroom door. And of course it always surprises me when the bathroom gets left WIDE open by someone else in the house. But thankfully, her 'drop it' command is solid and she'll drop things and leave them.

Luckily I've been able to at least get her "Minna, Get down!" command very solid -- since I've had to use it about 90000000 times (or at least it feels like I've repeated it that many times).

She's so smart, but her mischievous side wins out most of the time. It's like she knows better than to do something and knows she shouldn't do it, but she just absolutely cannot resist.
 

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Alittle late... but relevant

Your talking about how alot of dogs this age get re-homed, my puppy is 7 months old according to the vet.. and it is a recent rescue... I can see how this is going to be challenging. He is acclimating to our home, becoming more comfortable, and he chewing on me and my daughters, he has started trying to get my cat, which until the last couple days wasn't a problem, he has suddenly become deaf when you call him, sometimes... previously he would 'stop' or respond to 'no' now that is gone out the window.. I thought about putting him in an obediance class but he is scared of other dogs... and I'm trying to keep him in a postive happy environment with minimal stress... hopefully we will be able to do this soon :crazy:

Even after only 2 weeks, I can see a really great dog... I really love him and not keeping him is not even an option, I can't imagine watching him grow from a puppy into this young dog, and then deciding to 'change your mind' but it was a blessing for me that someone dumped off, just a terrible mind set that people can have... BTW thanks for the info in this thread, I appreicate it alot.

Kat
 

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I feel like my 4.5 month girl got into the but-head stage now (or are they all like that at that age and it gets worse. YIKES!). Sometimes she barks back at me if I tell her off or even down. I want a perfect down and she barks as if "I did it, now where's my treat?"
She also sees a remote, grabs it and makes a run for it. If we leave her alone in a room, she'll grab something and tear it to shreds.
We're working on obedience and training everyday. It's a handful but she's totally worth it.
 

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We called Abby "He11 Bitch" after the horse in Lonesome Dove.
She lived up to it but the patience and persistence were worth it.
 

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Koda turned 7 months on the 18th. He is so far doing good, apart from still being mouthy, he behaves most of the time. He finds ways to get attention, like lets say pounding on me- he has no clue how big and heavy he is.
At the same time, the cats keeps him busy. ;)
 
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