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Teenager support thread

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by McKenzie, Jun 5, 2017.


  1. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    We have a puppy support thread and I can't be the only one negotiating the teenage stage!

    Elliot's so unpredictable - he will be a model dog for weeks, and then he'll be a right PITA with no warning! Which I guess is what teenagers do! I swear today all he has done is whine and moan.

    How's all the other teenagers out there?
     
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  2. Katalyst

    Katalyst A Lanky Lurcher and a Delinquent Dobermann

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    Thankfully I appear to have been able to kiss goodbye to teenage butthole Logan.
    The onset of teen hormones saw the brief return of resource guarding, disinterest in focusing on training, the blowing of recall, the total inability to look where he was going when doing zooming (Injuries. Injuries everywhere!) an infuriating obsession with his penis....

    But the work you put in as a puppy isn't forgotten and the manners return quickly (at least in his case and those of most puppies I've worked around/with).

    Good luck out there dear friend... you will survive, if not entirely unscathed!
     
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    AlexPed2393 PetForums VIP

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    Bonnie is still a right p@#ck being just over a year now. She is definitely coming out of the teenage stage at a painfully slow rate. Longer, more focused walks on the long line are needed for recall with us
     
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  4. LittleKrystal

    LittleKrystal PetForums Junior

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    I think my Kiba will get to that stage soon or he's already there. He can be pretty unpredictable but generally, he isn't too bad. We just deal with it by going on longer walks so we drain his energy as much as possible. His energy level has increased a lot lately and all the naughty behaviours are back when he still has remaining energy.
     
  5. shadowmare

    shadowmare The dog doesn't bite, me on the other hand...

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    Can Axel be a honorary teenager? Even though he's 4 he is still a pain sometimes :rolleyes: funnily enough he only started moaning and whining a year ago, but I guess that's a part of character development too haha!
    All I can advise is stay consistent and calm! Consistency consistency consistency!
     
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    Pippin is starting to come out of teenager-hood but is still very much there. My main issue with him is him being prickly around other dogs if they're rude. A dog staring at him or barking results in him doing his "what you looking at!" routine which is always fun... :Banghead On the advice of his breeder who is also our trainer we practice going to places with lots of dogs and walk around them with food so he practices ignoring them. We did this as a puppy but now he's got testosterone flowing he doesn't switch on his brain sometimes lol.
     
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    I suspect Cuillin is still a teenager despite the fact he'll be 3 in August. He's recently discovered bitching and will stand drooling over a patch of grass for hours if I'd let him and resource guards it from every other dog around (including at one point the bitch responsible). He also suffers from temporary deafness if he thinks he can get away with it (hint - looking round to check how far away I am is a bit of a giveaway that you did in fact hear me). We still get silly puppy zoomies too - meeting other dogs can be overwhelmingly exciting despite spending most of our weekends at agility competitions with hundreds of friends round about.
     
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  8. Katalyst

    Katalyst A Lanky Lurcher and a Delinquent Dobermann

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    The one trait I am determined to try to avoid with dog three is that "social butterfly must love EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING EVER!" trait.
    Logan is a bollock for it. It's only because I've spent two years drumming it into him that running towards other dogs and blowing your recall is not cool that he doesn't immediately try it anymore.
    He's too sociable for his own good and it's definitely a trait I inadvertently encouraged by following the rules of 'meet a dog a day' literally when he was a puppy, doing some puppy classes and parties with him which were looking back just badly organised free for all's.

    I'm NEVER doing it like that again lol.
     
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    AlexPed2393 PetForums VIP

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    We are hoping our next dog to partner up with Bonnie will not be a complete social butterfly like she is, she will go past the dog and go for the human instead..... I would prefer to have at least one dog that wanted just me
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Can we just add any pain in the backside dog who think they are a teenager?

    Eevee ran off out the front door yesterday...and no recall was bringing her back. She did the classic, oh you nearly caught me and ran off faster. .she stopped to poo and so I caught her. I can hardly walk at the moment let alone run... suffice to say I was in agony.

    OH has been walking her...and her recall was spot on last time I took her...and she's also partial to 'fake' treats if need be, which wasn't working yesterday. Have never had a recall issue with her before, never had her move anyway near the front door before...lesson well and truly learnt though.

    OH has promised me that he's going to do more check ins on walk...I have a feeling he doesn't think to do any. My son does, because he's walked the dogs with me forever so he knows this is what mum does etc.

    Honestly... currently my under socialised teenage dog is brilliant it's my 3 year old that's not!
     
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    AlexPed2393 PetForums VIP

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    I can match this!!! AHAHA

    NExt doors cat opened the gate and Bonnie shot out after it and just kept on running, checking down all the drives for the cat, 5 houses down she runs into their back garden STEALS A SAUSAGE FROM THE BARBEQUE and pees in their garden...... :Bag

    The cat was under a bush about 2 metres from the gate she chased it out of :Bored
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Have had 2 dogs prior who would chase cats and Houdini from my garden...but none that would just run out our front door and nonchalantly trot along, and act deaf...

    Hope your dog enjoyed the sausage! I mean....I don't really drink but in days when I had partaken in a few beverages I myself could have happily taken a nice greasy sausage off someone just to feel human again! So I can't blame the dog
     
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    AlexPed2393 PetForums VIP

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    First time she has chased the cat, she usually licks their face

    Thankfully everyone at their place was absolutely frazzled so didn't mind the dog stealing a sausage too badly. With it being a new build also offered them to come round for a barby after our patio is done :)
     
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    I was so relieved to find out that Lola was an arsehole teenager, but only because Battersea told me she was 2.5. I was so worried that I'd taken on a bitey, grumpy, opinionated little cow; but in reality she was only about 1 (we're not overly sure of her exact age, the vet just said "no older than 1") and had zero training.

    She's still hugely opinionated, but no more biting and she very rarely gets grumpy - she's even approaching certain strangers now, which I never thought I'd see
     
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  15. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Well after a shocking weekend last weekend, Elliot was great on his walk today! (We only do big offlead walks in the weekend now that it's the middle of winter here). I put him on lead a few times and he greeted dogs nicely and carried on, and the times I let him stay offlead he recalled away from other dogs beautifully! Then when we got home and I needed to shower him he even stood in the shower without me having to lift him into the bathroom. Now he's being a loon with kenzie!
     
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    Yaaay, good boy Elliott! A bit more of that sort of behaviour please, mr naughty pants
     
  17. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Well Elliot is officially on longline walks :rolleyes: little bugger keeps legging it! I think I need to step up the training too - he was such a good puppy that I've been a bit slack.
     
  18. My Rodent Kingdom

    My Rodent Kingdom PetForums Newbie

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    My whippet Suki is 7 years so Idk if she counts :D but she has the same problem aha
     
  19. DaisyBluebell

    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    OMG you mean I have another 'stage' to go through after this puppy stage :-( Our perfect Daisy was 17 when we lost her so I have completely forgotten anything about various stages & I'm alreafy struggling with Emma, my first actual puppy ! Thank goodness I joined this forum cause it looks like I'm gonna need all the help I can get.
     
  20. Karen_M

    Karen_M PetForums Member

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    Barclay has joined the horrific teenage phase too.

    Currently his issue is with entire males, he goes into full meltdown mode; growling and lunging sounding really awful.

    I keep an eye out for other dogs on walks and call him back before he can see them and have him on lead to smartly walk by. Sometimes I can keep his attention on me with lots of praise and shovelling of treats but other times he catches sight and there is no getting his focus back.

    Sometimes I think putting him on the lead makes him worse but I'm not prepared to take the chance. He was attacked by a Spaniel a few months ago, both dogs were on lead and walking by each other and the Spaniel grabbed him by the face. Think this has contributed a lot to his new found "get in first attitude"

    I don't know if I'm doing the right thing or not!
     
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