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Ok - Apple turned 10 months on Oct. 7th.

She is driving me CRAZY! Seriously - it's getting to be too much (almost).

She had a UTI so she's been on meds the last week - she's been on this medicine before and never acted like this....plus this has been happening for at least two weeks -maybe three.

The JUMPING:(, the walking under my feet - I've fallen twice:mad:...the biting at my kids :no:- I think she's playing - but it's really getting annoying.

She's crazed when she gets outside - like it's the first time ever that she's seen our trees, our mulch or our playset. Um, hellllooo - nothing has changed since you came to live with us 7 months ago!!:doh:

Ugh. I am just tired...we got her a prong collar to help with walks - the blowing leaves were just too much. I don't think it has phased her!

Thanks for the vent. I'm just really frustrated...i hate to admit this - but sometimes i think to myself - she's driving me bananas after only 7 months - i have at least 10 years with this dog. :(:(:(:( i sound like a horrible person....but how do you get past these phases??
 

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I am in the phase with Luck. He is 11 months old and was not properly trained so it is awful! A couple of nights ago he learned a new "trick". My sons jacket has a hood and he just yanks him to the ground from the hood and licks his face! Of course, my son does not mind (he is 5 and only 40lbs and thinks it is hilarious!). So we are working on that and no biting us or clothes!

I will say this past week it has dropped dramatically! So hang in there.
 

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I'm right there with you. Flora had knee surgery 2.5 weeks ago so we can't exercise her at all, and god, sometimes Flora is SO full of energy that I don't know what to do. I try not to get frustrated because it's not her fault, but man. Puppies can be really trying.
 

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Girls!

My female, Sully, has been crazy for so long that it is hard to remember that quiet little puppy the first day. Instead of a prong collar, try using a Halti. My first trainer loved Sully so much that she would let her jump on her before she remembered that it's a no-no :no:. The next trainer suggested the Halti and WOW what a difference. She still play-attacks my daughter and grandchildren, so I have to put the Halti on in the house until she calms down. We lost at least two trees the first year and now have cages around the remaining trees (we have over thirty trees). We also had to put up a wrought-iron fence to keep her from stealing cucumbers and tomatoes. Scotty, the boy, an absolute dream until recently. He has started to jump and mouthy at hands, but he is quick to stop when redirected. From now on, boy goldens rule! Good luck and be patient I hear that when they turn two they start to mature--I'm still waiting.:crossfing
 

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I have been wondering how Flora has been doing. But I could only remember her name not your screen name. (terrible with those things...) Anyways, how is she doing?
 

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I have been wondering how Flora has been doing. But I could only remember her name not your screen name. (terrible with those things...) Anyways, how is she doing?
I don't want to hijack this thread, but thank you for asking! She's doing really great and for the most part behaving herself despite not being able to do anything but chew on bones. :p: Unfortunately her right leg is luxating rather frequently so we'll probably have to operate on that leg, but.. ah well. We'll do what we need to do. :) I meant to take pics of her naked leg and post them, but I forgot. Maybe I'll do that today... ;)
 

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It will get better just keep telling youself it is a phase, she is not a brat. Do it a couple dozen times a day and you will feel better. LOL

In a couple of months you will have forgotten all the bad times especially when she comes and lays down next to you and just looks up at you with all the love shining in her eyes.
 

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Ahhh ... the teenage years! Ok it is just a few months but the seen like years. :p: This is a good time for lots of deep breaths and lots of extra training. Just like they were a young pup. The more you make them work the quicker they will make it through this phase.
 

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i hate to admit this - but sometimes i think to myself - she's driving me bananas after only 7 months - i have at least 10 years with this dog. :(:(:(:( i sound like a horrible person....but how do you get past these phases??
Well, the good news is that you won't be living through this phase forever! It really, honestly does get better. Really!

In the meantime, increase her exercise. It's the only thing that worked with Rookie. He needed a LOT of exercise during that phase. You should probably also step up her obedience training.

More training, more exercise, more patience. It's the only way to get through it! Oh, and posting here helps a lot. It's comforting to know that everyone goes through it.
 

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Thanks for all the support...I really appreciate it.

I try to tell myself 'it's a phase' - and use the old - this too shall pass. But it is HARD!

I felt much better after 'venting'...i'll try to relax and just go with the flow more.
 

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Exercise is key for our pup. My dh takes him for a walk nightly around the block 3 times which probably equals 1 1/2 mile. The last few nights he didn't get his walk because of kids sport obligations and this morning he was completely out of control. I called my dh and said that he definetly needs his walk tonight. We try to walk him every night. If he doesn't get his walk, it is pent up energy and he doesn't behave - even though he is typically a good pup.
 

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It will get better!! I would also highly recommend the Halti... both of our girls were getting more and more unruly on walks and would pull like CRAZY! It definitely doesn't help that our area is over populated by squirrels and rabbits...they're EVERYWHERE :doh:

I got one Halti, had the girls take turns with it when we were out...both took to it much easier than I thought...so I bought a second...and now they both walk beautifully! The great thing about the Halti is that if they try to lunge forward at something - it physically turns their head towards you...so they remember "oh yah, you're here" AND they no longer can see whatever they're trying to lunge at. It didn't take long for the girls to realize this...so they still watch the critters very intently, but know that they can't lunge. It's so great. Walk time is enjoyable now :) *Halti - you can send me a cheque for free advertising anytime* :D
 

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I'd say you gotta love the teenage years but I would then be a big, fat liar!!!
We call Timber the Demon Pup from Hell.
From one day to the next I'm never sure which pup I'm taking to his classes!!

Everyone that says Exercise is the key has hit the nail on the head!
We take Timber out for a 1 1/2 - 2 hour walk every night.
In that time, he always has some off lead time - usually with his two buddies.
They definitely burn off energy :)
If for whatever reason we can't get him out, the Demon Pup from Hell shows up!
All I can say is keep him busy!!!

I did getTimber an EZ walk harness and love it!!!
It only took a couple of tugs and walking him now is a joy - hence the long walks at night.
 
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