A few months back I posted about how our new pup was chewing everything in sight (and sometimes things unseen). It was driving us all to distraction.
Well now it's about 3 months later and we've got an obnoxious teenager on our hands. Circling the kitchen to check every countertop -- just until we say "No". Playing, "I'm going to jump up on the sofa because you can't reach me" over and over again.
He's been to plenty of puppy socialization classes (mostly because he is the only dog in the house), and has been through his first round of basic obedience. But now he's trying to assert his independence.
Tonight during our after-dinner walk he started tugging on the leash, so I backed up and had him circle around into a sit to regroup. I wait until I can establish eye contact before we start again. But he was NOT GONNA DO IT. I called him name, said "look", made clicking sounds. He was NOT going to look at me. He whined. Dropped into a down. Sat up again. But he would NOT look at me. We must have stood there for 3 or 4 minutes. I leaned over to lift his chin, and all he did was wriggle and turn his head so he wouldn't have to look me in the eye. ARRGGHHH!
Oh yes, the oh so lovely teenage years! I am going through the "selective hearing" issue with my 11 month old female But thank God I'm not having any chewing issues. I also have a 4 month old male, and they are pretty good at keeping each other busy lol!
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
He's mostly not chewing up things indoors, but discovered some landscaping material late last week. It's been hidden under snow and ice until recently. He gradually digs another chunk out and rips it up. We've spent the last several days running outside to pick up pieces before he can swallow too much of it. So much for the back yard....
it is a stage you have to work through. I would consider a training session every night. Just a few mins. Work on look, drop it, leave it, just simple things.
As far as in the house, consider a spray bottle with water. Everytime he is doing unwanted behavior, spray him and say no. I would teach OFF for furniture and counters. If the water stops working, you can add some white vinager in to it.
The leash is going to be a trick. I perfer to start with harnesses, and then work my way to a collar. The dogs seem to understand it better, and by the time they get on a collar and leash there is little pulling. I show my dogs so they get alot of training early on. I think what you are doing is good, and just keep it up. Those nightly few min training should help with the sinking in part lol.
I don't have anything for outside lol. If It was me, I would get a pen he could be in, instead of chewing everything. I have a fenced dog yard, with no landscape, so I don't have any other suggestions.
This is the hardest time for most dog owners. Don't give in, and continue to work with him. Everything will come in time.
We've got a spray bottle stationed in the kitchen. Just water seems to work as a punishment, but not as a deterrent because he seems to have no memory these days.
As far as the collar is concerned, I used a Martindale last night. My husband is more likely to use a plastic prong collar. I might have gotten better results with that one -- maybe not. At some point I'm going to need to lean how to put that one on -- it's kind of tricky.
Yesterday I got a book from the library (by Kyra Sundance) for ideas on tricks to learn. It's a simple enough book that the kids can work from it, too. I figured it would be better to teach him to sit up and beg than keep yelling at him all night.