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Old 12-16-2012, 09:20 AM
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Bentley's Boot Camp

So I had a thread started about this subject ...http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ley-today.html (I yelled at Bentley today...)...But I guess I've had blinders on and didn't realize just how bad the situation is so I'm starting this thread so I can keep an eye on his progress. Fun time is O.V.E.R.

This is completely my fault for allowing it to get so out of control but I've taken back the reigns and Bentley is going to learn some manners and he's going to learn them 100%. Nothing less will be excepted.
I'm used to training abused, rescued adults and they are so appreciative that they are more than willing to learn.
I've allowed Bentley to skate on his cuteness and "He's a puppy, it will take time", long enough.

In a nutshell, he has become a bully with Ky and all other dogs he meets. Unacceptable. Ky has completely given up and will not correct him at all so he bites her and body slams her, steals from her and bullies her.
In class he knows all commands and does well. At home he has gotten to the point of "thinking" about it before performing a command. Unacceptable.

Starting yesterday I put him through 10 minutes of training every hour. This will continue today and every day until he gets that he's not the little prince.
I have allowed him to jump on my lap whenever he wants to. That has also stopped. He is now only allowed up with an invitation. He would bring me a toy and I would automatically play with him. Now that also is only at my invitation.

He is understandably confused by the new routine but he will get over it. I have rules and he is going to follow them..to the letter. He is 5 months old now and there is no excuse for his behavior other than the fact that we spoiled him rotten. My fault, I will fix it.
Getting DH trained is going to take a lot of work too. He is already feeling sorry for Bentley but that's not my problem. I didn't put up with my kids misbehaving and I will not raise a bully puppy either.

Bentley's last class is this Wed. He will go to that but then classes are over until I get him trained at home. The trainer has been telling me to leave him and Ky alone to work things out. That didn't work so now I'm doing it my way.

The little prince has lost his throne.

Day 2 begins..................
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:31 AM
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Cooper and I will be keeping an eye on Bentley's Boot Camp! Good luck .
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:49 AM
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Don't be too hard on yourself , we all spoil our puppies to some degree and I think most of us reach the point that you have now reached. Enough already with your nonsense little dog it's time to grow up and learn that there are others and there are rules.


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Ut ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lil Broadway. Better shape up or your dog house will be relegated to corragated cardboard and plastic sheeting.
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Usually the older dogs let it go to a point, then they start correcting the puppy. It has worked this way for 8 dogs, over 36 years. We usually have 3 dogs at a time.

My first thought was don't stop classes, but the advantage of backing off a few weeks is he will go back to a different group of dogs. That will prevent him sliding into old habits. But take him to the stores and parks, so he is still exposed to others(both people and dogs) so he can practice good behavior.
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I think I'm going to show Winston this thread so he knows what might happen if he doesn't behave!
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Don't be too hard on yourself....as a first time puppy owner (as you are also) we made some mistakes with Belle that looking back if/when we get another puppy I would do 100% differently. At least you realized what you wanted to change while he is still young and you have time to alter your course. He will get it - it will just take a little time....but he is smart (almost too smart for his own good) and he will get it....he may not like it at first, but it will become second nature in no time.
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Usually the older dogs let it go to a point, then they start correcting the puppy. It has worked this way for 8 dogs, over 36 years. We usually have 3 dogs at a time.

My first thought was don't stop classes, but the advantage of backing off a few weeks is he will go back to a different group of dogs. That will prevent him sliding into old habits. But take him to the stores and parks, so he is still exposed to others(both people and dogs) so he can practice good behavior.
In the beginning Ky would correct Bentley when he was biting her, probably because it hurt. But she stopped completely. I'm wondering if it's because she doesn't really know how to do it properly. She didn't know how to play, Bentley has been teaching her that. She doesn't understand how to react with other dogs I think because she was always tied to a tree and never, ever interacted with dogs or people until I got her. Either way, I'm going to fix it for her, I owe that to her.
Thanks for the reminder, I will take him out in public as part of his boot camp.

A thought just occurred to me. Yes we spoiled him but he is SO bullheaded and strong willed I'm wondering if this is a combo of being spoiled and genetics?? I just remembered that when we met his dad I was half scared to death. He was HUGE and I walked up to the fence he had a very deep, loud bark. He never stopped barking at us and he acted very intimidating. The breeder tried to tell him to cool it but he totally ignored her. I never gave it a second thought until today. hhhhmmmmm
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Wow, that is so refreshing. Someone saying, there is a problem, I am responsible and I am going to fix it. You are off to a great start, and I look forward to watching his progress. Bentley will do great, training your husband may not be as easy. Good luck Bentley, and I am sure Ky is looking forward to Bentley's "transformation".
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good for you, Joyce, for taking the reins! I wish I had just half of your commitment when it comes to training our dogs! I was letting Renny get away with too much since I rescued him. With consistency, he (and I!) are finally learning what's acceptable and what's not.
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