Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Florissant, Missouri, US
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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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