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..into a teenager from hell.
He won't listen.
Especially at home.
When I call him,he freezes and stares right at me with that defiant look.
He takes 'mouthy' to an entirely new level.
Constantly has to nibble on something....jacket sleeves,hands,pants....in addition to carrying a hand towel in his mouth around the house.
He needs to have his mouth around the leash when on walks etc.
He is pretty good when out in the park,he comes when called etc,but at home and in the yard it's a different story.
I hope,that he will outgrow it.
Another obedience class might be in order as well.
 

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Ohh no there is more teenage angst waiting around the corner for me :eek: T is 7 months now and sounding very similar, I was hoping by the time he turn 12 months he might have grown out of it. Although I say this cause he seems to be gradually improving thankfully not getting worse!
 

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This is new for us.
Somehow it started after he got neutered,which doesn't make sense to me.
He is turning 15 month tomorrow.
 

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I might have to take a video of his performance in the yard.
After the picture of him on the counter I would believe it! I bet some of it has to do with his recent surgery...as in he probably is still working out his short confinement and is just enjoying being able to run and feel better again.

I bet he is just needing some new toys or something...how could you deny a handsome boy like that! LOL
 

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Thats probably how he gets awa with... You can't stay mad at him :p
 

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Ohh no there is more teenage angst waiting around the corner for me :eek: T is 7 months now and sounding very similar, I was hoping by the time he turn 12 months he might have grown out of it. Although I say this cause he seems to be gradually improving thankfully not getting worse!
I thought the same thing about Casey...the mouthiness sounds REALLY familiar and since she is only @ 8 months old the thought of another 8+ months of it sounds a bit disheartening, huh?

I think that Daisy helps to keep Casey in line...if she gets to rowdy Daisy and even sometimes Peanut will bark at her and she will go lay down, its funny.
 

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After the picture of him on the counter I would believe it! I bet some of it has to do with his recent surgery...as in he probably is still working out his short confinement and is just enjoying being able to run and feel better again.

I bet he is just needing some new toys or something...how could you deny a handsome boy like that! LOL
Are you kidding me?
He has so many toys,that I could start a daycare here.
He also spends way more on a hairdresser than I do.
I need to apply some tough love,I know he is playing me.
He manages to hold on to 3-4 stuffed toys at once and runs around with his mouth open at 90 degree angle to make them fit.
 

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This sounds very very very familiar after Westley was neutered he started acting out. He went from number one in puppy and basic obedience class to defiant and quite the little turd! He does that exact thing you said about you call him from the yard and he gives SUCH a look. I certainly never would chase him thats what he would probably like, he eventually comes in. He is also VERY mouthy too! He doesnt pick up a bunch of toys but he collects all of his real bones onto the couch and insists on throwing them onto the wood floor. ALL OF THEM, picks them up and does it again! I know he will get better and its just that he needs a lot more exercise and things to do. In time both Gunther, Westley and all the others misbehaving out there will calm down (to an extent!)
Kisses and wiggles from Westley && I
 

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I know that it's a puppy thing,but one would think it is somewhat backwards?
At 15 month and after getting neutered.
I always thought neutering would do the opposite.
There is a woman I ran into at the groomers,we talked about our dogs (she has a 3 year old boxer)...she mentioned something about 14-18 month period in male dog's life being the very worst.
Maybe I will see her again and ask her what she meant...I never heard anything in that regard.
How old is Westley,MsFancy?
 

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I know that it's a puppy thing,but one would think it is somewhat backwards?
At 15 month and after getting neutered.
I always thought neutering would do the opposite.
There is a woman I ran into at the groomers,we talked about our dogs (she has a 3 year old boxer)...she mentioned something about 14-18 month period in male dog's life being the very worst.
Maybe I will see her again and ask her what she meant...I never heard anything in that regard.
How old is Westley,MsFancy?
Here is her 1st post in member introductions...I was thinking her Westley and my Casey are about the same age.

We all have some teens spoos going through "something"...my girl is not mouthy but she has certainly been extra stubborn these past few days about EVERYTHING.

"My name is Becky, Westley Fancy Pants is my first st poo. I am completely enthralled to find so many enthusiasts!! I am a first time poodle owner, Mr fancy pants is 9 months old and such an absolute love."

She joined in Dec...and Casey turned 8 months old about that time.
 

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Thank you kindly for looking that up for me,IPP.
No problem...2 of 3 boys are at grandma's house, so I'm a bit bored. LOL

I am looking at meat grinders right now...want to grind up chicken that I have been feeding the dogs. I want to go to mostly raw diet ONE day, but for right now I need to make some space in my freezer and grinding the meat should save me tons of space.
 

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I remember my mastiff being a butt head at that age and a few weeks of NILIF and some time in his crate when not watched cured it quick.
Gotta love teenagers of any species LOL
 

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Westley is going to be 1 year on feb 9. He started getting crazy after I neutered him which was about 6 months of age. Hope fully he (they) will grow out of it soon. =) I cant wait for a behaved puppy I have big plans for this little fella so i hope we can get it together ;) I want to get into k9 freestyle and obedience trials rally and maybe agility too. Oh and service dog too i would love to take him to nursing homes but he jumps all over people still so more training is definately in order for my little guy and me.
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Maybe you could try freestyle with Gunther. Murphy and I have just done our 2nd class. They actually want that high energy, and it's sort of the sneaky way to get them to pay attention to you and obey. It's the precursor to the competition obedience class where I'm training.

I have no idea if this behaviour change is connected to the neutering but I do know that Murphy will be quite obedient for a while and then it seems that she starts to reason and test what would happen if she just completely blows me off. At that point, I have to make sure that I remember all those alpha dog things to make sure I re-establish myself as the one who's in control (or tries to be!)

Hang in there! Kids test boundaries and so do dogs, but at least the timeframe seems to be shorter with the dogs :eek:hwell:
 
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