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I firmly believe that, while the behavior itself is not genetic, the tendency to push your buttons is. Some dogs are just more easy going than others, some are easier to train than others, some are more stubborn, and so on. You train the dog you have, not the dog you wish you had.
Huge kudos to you for recognizing that you need to deal with this NOW. What you are doing is very similar to the "nothing in life is free" program, which is very successful with dogs who like to push.
This is not directed at you, because you have recognized the issue and are moving on it, but one of my pet peeves is when people excuse behavior because "he/she is just a baby/puppy" etc. They are still saying it when the dog is TWO!!!!
By the time a dog is about 7-8 months old, he has pretty well reached sexual maturity, which makes him about the human equivalent of 12-13 years old. No longer a baby by any stretch!!! More so, a willful, obnoxious teenager, and you really don't want to give an inch with them.
Anyway, good luck, stick to your guns, I'll enjoy reading your progress.
CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"