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Wild Boy Woody is 9 Months

Yikes! What happened to my sweet, quiet puppy? Woody hit his adolescence with a vengeance and the unflappable zen master has morphed into a leash-biting, tail-chasing wild boy. His energy level has gone from a 4 to an 8 despite 3 mile walks, twice-daily sessions of fetch, and tug and brain games in between. I’m working dutifully on daily obedience and leash work but he’s wearing me out! We’re going to do a third session of beginning obedience because he’s so silly and unfocused in class. I don’t want to start Advanced Novice while he’s rolling around on the floor and trying to army -crawl his way over to the females in class. He can perform the exercises beautifully but he’s a brat during down time.

My main question-he’s started grabbing at his leather leash, playing tug and chewing, I think he’s either frustrated or bored when he does this but I’m finding it extremely difficult to correct. I’ve saturated his leash with bitter apple but he still grabs it. He knows the drop it command but ignores me, or drops it and grabs it right back. He’s an absolute contortionist when I triy to hold it away from him. My husband attends classes with us and helps to distract him. We’ve also brought a toy to entertain him (trainer recommended this) but the other dogs get excited when they see him playing. He prefers his “leash game” to any treats I have available.

So, is this just a maturity thing and we need to wait it out, or should I be doing more or doing differently? He’s still a puppy but don’t want this to develop into a habit.
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He sure is gorgeous!!!!

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It sounds like he and my 9 month old are twinsies. LOL. <= I'm not a beginner home by any means, but he's a lotta dog for me. IF I didn't have the memory of Jacks being like that too (complete with the army crawling at class), I'd be wondering how/why I'm failing. LOL.

He's gorgeous<:

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It sounds like he and my 9 month old are twinsies. LOL. <= I'm not a beginner home by any means, but he's a lotta dog for me. IF I didn't have the memory of Jacks being like that too (complete with the army crawling at class), I'd be wondering how/why I'm failing. LOL.

He's gorgeous<:
Just this makes me feel hopeful that I haven't messed him up beyond all hope. I'm sure our previous Goldens were a handful at this age, but I can't for the life of me remember how we got through it. Woody is the first empty-nest puppy for us, and the first with obedience trial aspirations. I'm so obsessed with him I may be overthinking everything. It's been fun following Jovi, knowing he and Woody are just a few days apart in age. Thanks for the words of support and encouragement.


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That teen stage is hard! Could you try a different leash? I know it's not the most attractive or easy to carry, but I've heard that if you use a metal chain-esque leash, they're not as interested in playing with it and it may deter him. Apollo was never a leash biter though, so I can't say from personal experience. Well, scratch that - he used to grab the leash only walking back from going out after we got home from work. It was his way of tugging us inside faster so we could say hello (since we always took him out before greeting him). But I thought it was sorta cute and never developed further than that and actually he doesn't do it anymore.

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He's a lovely handsome boy!.


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He’s such a good looking pup
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Thanks so much. The handsome fella is currently cooling his jets in his crate. We were playing fetch in the yard and he returned the ball with way too much enthusiasm, coming in full speed and planting both muddy paws on my chest. Thanks Woody! He then proceeded to race back and forth when I asked for a sit, so Time Out. I know we'll get through this, but oh my, he's suddenly a handful.


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Woody sounds like a fun boy, he sure is a good looking one.
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Thanks so much. The handsome fella is currently cooling his jets in his crate. We were playing fetch in the yard and he returned the ball with way too much enthusiasm, coming in full speed and planting both muddy paws on my chest. Thanks Woody! He then proceeded to race back and forth when I asked for a sit, so Time Out. I know we'll get through this, but oh my, he's suddenly a handful.

Teenage enthusiasm . He's a good looking boy and knows with a face like that you can't help but love him.
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