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Old 09-23-2009, 09:42 PM
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The Teenage years

My rottie who usually has good recall finally bolted on me today. She just ran across the street to run around the open yard. She would usually come when called but today she looked at me as if I were stupid to think she would come. I know its the second fear stage and should always keep her on the leash, but she was just soo good that I thought I could trust her. I guess I had to see it to believe it, that most people say the teenage years are the hardest to deal with. She's a lil past 8 months. Any advice or tips on how to manage the teenage years would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:13 PM
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Re: The Teenage years

You have an 8 month old puppy. My advice is to treat her like the puppy she is and not expect her to act or behave like a trained dog until she's 2+ years old.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:27 PM
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Re: The Teenage years

When my client's have a dog that have reached the teenage crazies I always say go back to basics. Reinforce your obedience drills daily if only fior 15 minutes formally and incorporate them more in everyday living. increase controlled exercise such as constructive walks in new places to make her more focused on you and to increase socializing (just when you thought you were done with that :) ) Practice NILF (nothing in life is free) hard core. She needs to earn EVERYTHING! Work on the recall obviously as well using a light long lead and reinforce boundary training by walking her around the yard and correcting her when she goes past a point you think should be out of bounds. At my house all paws stop when they hit the sidewalk.

Just buckle down on the free liberties like sitting on the couch with you, sleeping in bed with you (in the same room is ok just not in bed), and anything else that might give her the impression that she is on the same level as you.

Good luck hope this helped.
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