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Good afternoon!

My husband and I rescue'd our 1 year old giant, new baby boy Golden Bandit on 12/12/2016.
He is happy and FULL of energy but he is very stubborn and rude and mischievous!

Out of all those things he also likes to "crotch and hinny sniff" I cant stand it! Its a major issue at the moment and I was wondering if anyone had any advise to get him to stop doing that!

Thank you!
Tabitha
 

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Welcome Tabitha and Bandit!
It sounds like you would benefit from getting him some formal training.

I'm sure as a rescue he probably didn't have a lot of guidance in his first year on "how to be a good boy". Getting him into a training class would help him burn off some energy, use his mind and would help him learn impulse control - it would go a long way to help him get past "stubborn, rude and mischievous". Tired dogs are good dogs! It would also help him with the issue you describe... that's part of impulse control, he needs to learn what is appropriate behavior.
 

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Ahh maybe ask around as well, give your vet a buzz and see if they have anyone they can recommend. They may know of a trainer that could come to your home and give you both some lessons - dog training is as much about teaching you to communicate with your dog as it is teaching your dog things.

Does he have any basic commands down? Sit, lie, etc? If he has any of those as a foundation you can "re-direct" him into those behaviors and reward him to help him learn "what's the correct behavior" and help him with impulse control.
 

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The internet is also a wonderful resource for training videos and do's/dont's of training. Sometimes trying to absorb all that the trainer says in an hour or two session can be overwhelming, so it is handy to be able to see what trainers do at your own pace.

Regardless of whether you enroll in a class or have in-house training sessions, majority of the training will be done at home/on walks/during play by you. If your dog doesn't know sit, down, stay - the basics - then you can begin at home yourself. You will need high value treats, an upbeat voice, and patience! It is a good way to keep strengthening the bond between you and your dog.
 

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Hello and welcome from the coast of Te4xas. Would love to see some pictures of your big boy. Our last 4 dogs were adopted, two goldens and two Great Pyrenees. Lost our last golden in Oct and now just have a 9 year old Pyr who is battling liver disease. We are elderly and have bad tickes so will never get another dog, which is sad as I have had had dogs for 60 years.
 
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