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Hello everyone - just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Diana and my fiance and I recently rescued a 5-6 month old Golden. We have been so blessed thus far and have had an almost perfect experience with Tucker. He has been potty and crate trained from the start, and we have a very calm, well behaved puppy. I am constantly amazed because my 5 year old Yorkie was NOT this way and was probably a "teenager" for the first two years of life. I joke that God is finally paying me back for Franklin by giving me such a great puppy. Anyway, I know that this is probably just the calm before the storm and that things may change once we hit the "teenage" phase, so I thought I'd go ahead and start posting here. Any chance we'll bypass it completely?
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Barb - I need to work more on distractions with Koda as well. She sounds like she is in the same spot as Tayla in that regard! We are planning to get her back into training classes now that the baby is coming soon so hopefully that will help us get back into the mode of training more at home too!

Diana - welcome!! So glad to hear you have yourself a well behaved dog! Not every dog will go through this - it isn't a given. Just a majority of them seem to! Even if he does it might not be that bad. Just keep him trained and you may never run into problems! Glad he is such a blessing to you!!
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Diana--welcome! As Michelle said, you may just get to pass adolescence entirely. What I found though was that all our dogs just did it differently. Tucker (mine!) had issues with focus--very distractible. Michelle's Koda had issues with leash walking and confidence. Others had issues with basic commands. It's all very individual to the dog.

Bar--I like the idea of how your'e training Tayla with the distractions. I might do that with Bella.
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Diesel is driving me crazy! He wants to chew... He chews on his soft crate while we are sleeping, he has almost destroyed his blanket that he sleeps with, he wants to eat any and all paper including my books/papers for school, magazines and paper towels. He stole a woman's mitten at the dog park the other day. Not OUT of her hand but literally OFF OF HER HAND! He ran right by her and like a ninja jumped up and snagged it. On top if that, he won't come when he's called! So we had to chase him around the park trying to get it and the only thing that worked in the end was tempting him with her other mitten! He snuck out the front door the other day with a tissue in his mouth and, in true Diesel form, would not come back when we called him. He took off across the road(thank god there were no cars) and ran around the field with the tissue until I was able to convince him that the stick I had was way better than his tissue. I don't trust him as far as I can throw him and at 67lbs I can't throw him very far! He pulls when we walk, jumps up on me and others and tries to trip me from behind when I'm walking! He did all of this when he was a small puppy and then stopped and now I swear he is the devil dog sometimes! Sweet Jesus, Help Me!!!!!!


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Diesel is driving me crazy! He wants to chew... He chews on his soft crate while we are sleeping, he has almost destroyed his blanket that he sleeps with, he wants to eat any and all paper including my books/papers for school, magazines and paper towels. He stole a woman's mitten at the dog park the other day. Not OUT of her hand but literally OFF OF HER HAND! He ran right by her and like a ninja jumped up and snagged it. On top if that, he won't come when he's called! So we had to chase him around the park trying to get it and the only thing that worked in the end was tempting him with her other mitten! He snuck out the front door the other day with a tissue in his mouth and, in true Diesel form, would not come back when we called him. He took off across the road(thank god there were no cars) and ran around the field with the tissue until I was able to convince him that the stick I had was way better than his tissue. I don't trust him as far as I can throw him and at 67lbs I can't throw him very far! He pulls when we walk, jumps up on me and others and tries to trip me from behind when I'm walking! He did all of this when he was a small puppy and then stopped and now I swear he is the devil dog sometimes! Sweet Jesus, Help Me!!!!!!


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Sounds like you need to go back to the basics. We are doing that in distracting places, but I am so thankful that Tayla has stopped the jumping and grabbing stuff off us. Shirts are now safe and I'm working with her on hand towels and paper towels. Unfortunately, toilet paper is not safe. DH was in the bathroom and the door was not shut tight and she broke in grabbed the tp roll that was on the counter, got the end of it and dragged tp all through the house. I've lost a couple rolls that way.
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Sounds like you need to go back to the basics. We are doing that in distracting places, but I am so thankful that Tayla has stopped the jumping and grabbing stuff off us. Shirts are now safe and I'm working with her on hand towels and paper towels. Unfortunately, toilet paper is not safe. DH was in the bathroom and the door was not shut tight and she broke in grabbed the tp roll that was on the counter, got the end of it and dragged tp all through the house. I've lost a couple rolls that way.
We've been trying to but and he does good sometimes but others he just gives his Diesel-tude! He knows what he is supposed to be doing but just looks at you and continues on instead. It's making me crazy because I know how smart and good he is (or used to be) but just can't seem to get him past this! I hope it ends soon and I get my sweet Diesel back full time instead of part time.

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I have found that just because Tayla knows something one place it doesn't always translate to some place else. That's why we are ramping up our training to include lots of places. On walks no matter where we go, in pet stores, vet's office, etc. I'm determined that she will be a very well trained dog by age 2. Ten more months to go so I need to hurry!
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We've been trying to but and he does good sometimes but others he just gives his Diesel-tude! He knows what he is supposed to be doing but just looks at you and continues on instead. It's making me crazy because I know how smart and good he is (or used to be) but just can't seem to get him past this! I hope it ends soon and I get my sweet Diesel back full time instead of part time.

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You have a classic golden teenager. . As Barb said, best you can do is go back to basics, but be very consistent--no gray areas, rules are the same all the time. A lot of people have liked a training technique called "It's Yer Choice." You can find info on here and on the Internet. It's a great way to get back to basics with a teen.

Good luck! Your descriptions gave me a great laugh!
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You have a classic golden teenager. . As Barb said, best you can do is go back to basics, but be very consistent--no gray areas, rules are the same all the time. A lot of people have liked a training technique called "It's Yer Choice." You can find info on here and on the Internet. It's a great way to get back to basics with a teen.

Good luck! Your descriptions gave me a great laugh!
A similar program is Nothing In Life's Free. Tayla has to sit before feeding, sit before I let her in and out for potty, sit before I put the leash on her for walks. She has to sit before I'll throw her ball that she ALWAYS has in her mouth, etc. I slacked off on my other dogs' training and I'm not going to do that with Tayla. I want to get at least some Novice titles in obedience on her. My goal is a Basic Novice title, Rally Novice, and CGC and then I want to work on Nose Work titles. I want to be one of those people that can eat at outdoor cafe's and have their dogs lay at their feet quietly.
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Thanks for the advice Tayla and Outwest! It's good to know that this a normal thing and that Diesel is not just a bad dog (which I know he isn't). I will look at both of those training helpers you posted and be as consistent as possible! I will not let teenage angst get the best of me or my dog! 👍


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