We've had an interesting development. I think in part we've just made a shift from my pup looking at me like a bossy friend to being a true leader. I've had years of experience in handling ornery puppies, feisty puppies, badly bred, badly handled puppies. Mr. Layne was lovingly raised & handled, taught a lot of things but I think he had not completely made the transition to seeing me as a true leader.
A few days ago, he came in the house & was being naughty. Running into the other dogs, nearly running over the tiny dogs. For this reason I don't allow running in the house. He wasn't being mean or aggressive, just overly puppy. So I put his leash on & gave him a minute to settle down. I started working with him in training, might as well use the energy for good
He did very well until he took his stand. I've been working on the down command. I gave the command & then start putting him into position & praising him if he makes any effort to help. Well... he took his stand. He doesn't lay down... he does NOT... nope... no way... ain't gonna happen & he's gonna have a fit about it. I didn't so much as crack a smile while this was going on but it was hard because his idea of a really disobedient fit is comical. He bounced, flounced, bucked like a horse twice, bit his leash like he was a bad ombre but he wasn't actually being aggressive, he was being frustrated.
During his 'spell' my Giant wanted to correct him. My Giant doesn't allow anyone to sass me. But she's also very obedient so she stood down. I stood like a post. I only touched him to guide him away from knocking into anything & hurting or scaring himself. When it was all over (maybe 3-4 minutes later), I gave the command for sit & he plopped his butt down. I praised him. Oh what a good boy! He looked at me kind of funny & I said, "let's go" & off we went. Now the trick is to train just a few minutes after the spell to put myself in the driver's seat but also so that you have an excuse for praising puppy for the right things. So he can earn that praise & end on a good note. We called it quits & I noticed he was very subdued & watchful.
Now having shared all of this what I've seen is now the poodle pinches are starting toward being poodle nibbles but they are ultra polite now, he puts his teeth on me but I barely feel it & he's not putting any pressure through his teeth, just touching. Now he's got a bit of stars in his eyes when he looks at me. Just minutes ago he came inside (it's ultra hot out) & he lay down & for the first few seconds he nibbled on my toe, very gentle. I reached down & rubbed his ears so he lay his face on my foot.