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I know there are people that started threads with teenage dogs and wondering why there dog is misbehaving...i was one of them!!

I thought it would be nice to have a thread where you can come vent, tell your latest ordeal, and get that frustration off your back!

I had a HORRIBLE walk this morning...what would normally take 15 min took 30. It snowed last night so the roads in our subdivision still have a snow layer. Koda pulled/jumped/bit the leash and my arm 90% of the walk. I certainly did my best to ignore her and stay calm but tge little bugger kept walking around me as she held the leash therefore tying my legs up. O the people watching sure got a show lol. O well, over now and have to hope for a better one next time!
 

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Every time I mention Bentley's "issues" to our trainer, he tells me to get him tired first. How exactly am I supposed to do that if he misbehaves every walk, won't play without going into crazy puppy mode and is so stubborn that he would rather miss a meal than eat from a Kong. :no: Our trainer is lucky I haven't taken out my frustration on him. :p:
 

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I often think it's a good think my neighbors don't videotape me on walks with Ozzy. It's ridiculous sometimes! He does the jumping and biting at me and the leash thing too.

And now I have to keep my covered garbage can (one of the stainless ones with the foot pedal that you step on to open) up on my counter because Ozzy has figured out how to open it.
 

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I woke up this morning to a murder scene in my bedroom. There was stuffed animal stuffing everywhere! AHH!!!
 

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Ace was a right terror at obedience class on Thursday. He was jumping/biting at the leash and me while we were working on heeling, wouldn't listen to any of my commands, and kept pulling to get at Mason, a 5 months old Bouvier in the class. I was so frustrated! Normally he does quite well in class!
 

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I take Kye to class early to throw a ball, work on simple stuff but mainly to try to tire her a bit out, but we cannot make a full class yet. As soon as we walk in class, Kye wants to keep going and is bored with the walk, stop, walk stop. She will sniff the dog in front of her, want to cut across to the one on the opposite side. When we line up 9 times out of 10 before our trainer can get to her she is trying to reverse and be looking the other way at the poor dog behind her. I have learned when she hits this, I step outside the ring and we walk, run, makes turns, she jumps a few times and whirls her butt around in a happy dance. When all feet are on the ground and she looks "done" we re-enter and continue. Most people claim she is a "sweet handful", others say "Bless your Heart"....I try to nod and smile.

But I am that gal you see before class way back in the pasture running, with a dog who is 1/2 pulling, 1/2 jumping and having a definately good time, whether her human is or not. While cooking breakfast this AM either Kye or Coop brought in a stick that was so long I don't know how they got it through the doggie door. Then proceeded to shread it and stick pieces all in the couch cushions. Looked around the corner to see my couch had grown spikes!!! But can say something good, Kye is getting really good on our walks after she tires a bit, will turn on a dime either way (if I don't get my clumsey feet in the way). This is just happening and so glad, but we have to walk fast, and I talk to her as we walk to alert her to a change. Good, but I can't walk this fast all the time...if we walk slow, Kye will pull me down the street, so short lead and faster. So we are seeing some kind of progress.

Notice how when they jump they have grown so much they can almost jump taller than we are??? Oh My!!!

Cooper Pooper Scooper is doing so well, but totally opposite of Kye. He likes to stroll, to sit on my foot at "sit". We can walk and he must learn to move more away from my leg as he bumps into me a lot while he is looking around. He will find a bug, stop and spend a full minute watching it, no matter what I do to get him moving. He likes to walk, but I bet if I took his lead off he would stick right at my side. At class I have to say Coop Heal or he would continue to sit! During the talking part of class Coop sleeps, while Kye at her class will try to sneak on her belly to another dog. I sit on the floor with Kye and scratch her and pray a lot this will be enough.

Don't get me wrong, Kye makes life exciting, so easy to train and into everything, but geez Coop is a blessing!
 

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I take Kye to class early to throw a ball, work on simple stuff but mainly to try to tire her a bit out, but we cannot make a full class yet. As soon as we walk in class, Kye wants to keep going and is bored with the walk, stop, walk stop. She will sniff the dog in front of her, want to cut across to the one on the opposite side. When we line up 9 times out of 10 before our trainer can get to her she is trying to reverse and be looking the other way at the poor dog behind her. I have learned when she hits this, I step outside the ring and we walk, run, makes turns, she jumps a few times and whirls her butt around in a happy dance. When all feet are on the ground and she looks "done" we re-enter and continue. Most people claim she is a "sweet handful", others say "Bless your Heart"....I try to nod and smile
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Oh my goodness..I am sorry but you have had me in hysterics here, tears streaming down my cheeks! I am not being very supportive am I?! I do mean to be but you have such a great way of writing! Have you considered writing as a hobby or career or do you already!!? Its wonderful, just too funny. I have just read it out to my other half and hes laughing too. We have been to some of the places you have been so we do really understand but could NEVER explain to others as well as you have! Thank you for entertaining me this evening! I hope those dogs start behaving for their Mum! Teenagers eh. Chesters a bless his heart dog at times too!! All 83 pounds of him...and thats not a lot of fun either! Especially when hes feeling 'hormonal' and has a firm grip around one of my daughters waists! :mad:
Boys and their bits! Its at times like that I remember why I had a girl last time!! :uhoh:
 

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And now I have to keep my covered garbage can (one of the stainless ones with the foot pedal that you step on to open) up on my counter because Ozzy has figured out how to open it.
Too funny, Ozzy's mom! Did you invest like I did in one of those inpenetrable "simple human" garbage cans?????? I can't BELEIVE he figured out how to open it. My lovely Maya ate the cord and plug off our subwoofer yesterday. I PURPOSELY unplugged it the other day (THANK GOD) because I was thinking, hmmmm, this is something she hasn't chewed yet, and it's the only "exposed" cord remaining in our gated kitchen and family room area. She is laying down and chewing on a nice marrow bone, and I start peeling potatos, and when I turn around she gotten the cord pulled out into middle of the family room, in several pieces, and the plug is in her mouth. No more surround sound system in our house. She is going to send me to an early grave.....
 

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Baumgartml16, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for starting this thread!!

There have been so many times when I felt like I had no where to turn to vent about all the stuff Bryley does. I am sure my friends have had enough of my whining. My office mate always asks on Monday mornings "what did Bryely do this weekend?". This thread will be a great place to come unload.
Notice how when they jump they have grown so much they can almost jump taller than we are??? Oh My!!!
Can we talk about the vertical leaps during walks? They come from out of no where, don't they? My friend who often walks with us calls Byrley a "fart in a frying pan"!!!

He has been such a hard dog to raise, way way harder than the other 3 goldens I have had. I swear he looks for trouble!
Today I dropped the round sandpapery thing that goes on the tip of the Dremel tool. He swallowed it. He had no interest in trading it for a treat. I was panicking and ever time I got close to him he ran away. It took me a good long time to calm down. I was close to tears. It is small and will pass, but, you never know.

OK, my vent it over...until next time!!!!
 

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Buzz does great on his walks until he knows we are near the car. I leash him when getting close to home. What he now does is lie down...flat. It looks like I am trying to choke him. He will not move. People have approached us...they ask, "Is he OK???"

He is OK...he just wants to play longer. They should be asking are you OK...I am the one to lift his heavy body into the car!!!
 

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Buzz does great on his walks until he knows we are near the car. I leash him when getting close to home. What he now does is lie down...flat. It looks like I am trying to choke him. He will not move. People have approached us...they ask, "Is he OK???"

He is OK...he just wants to play longer. They should be asking are you OK...I am the one to lift his heavy body into the car!!!
Thank goodness they are so cute, huh?
 

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He is OK...he just wants to play longer. They should be asking are you OK...I am the one to lift his heavy body into the car!!!
Oh, that's us! My neighbors are, I'm sure, wondering why I make my dog sit for what seems like hours in the front yard. They don't know that the dog is refusing to go back in the house. That I'm wondering how long it will be before my husband starts to worry about me.

And trying to get him back to the car at the park is the same thing. Once we are in sight of it, he refuses to move. Dragging a 45-pound dog is not a good option. And the dog knows it.

But no longer am I lifting him! We got a ramp and we just trained him to get into the car with it this evening. Actually, I was surprised he didn't balk since he hates the car due to minor carsickness. We will see how it goes at the park tomorrow. I think I will need salami.
 

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Ohhhh boy. I have never had many really enjoyable walks with Baxter (despite desperately wanting to!) He's so much better behaved for DH, but every time that I take him lately is just a HUGE struggle.

His latest thing, because we have a ton of snow crusted over with ice, is to just go out and eat the chunks of snow/ice in the backyard. He's totally forgotten that outside is the time to go, and will just stand there for-EVER and do nothing.

I stood in the backyard the other night for 20 minutes in my PJs and parka, with my snow boots on, in snow up to my knees waiting for him to go!

ETA: He is more snuggly now though and when he does finally calm down, we've had some wonderful quiet moments together that make all the frustration worth it! :)
 

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I stood in the backyard the other night for 20 minutes in my PJs and parka, with my snow boots on, in snow up to my knees waiting for him to go!
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Try going out on leash ... calmly walk around giving your potty cue. Spend 5 mins. If nothing, go back in, but keep him leashed and life is boring. Repeat the process every 10 mins until he goes, at which point you come back in, the leash comes off and gets his freedom.
 

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@mrssp

I have a 16 week old who until 3 weeks ago would take forever to go potty before going to bed and I did what FlyingQuizini did until I found something better - a new potty treat!
I was praising and giving his kibble as the treat. I changed to Fresh Bites Liver treats and surprise he goes out and does his business in record time every single time. I only use the treat for when he goes potty.

Not sure if it will work on an older dog but so far it's been a lifesaver for me.
 

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Snow and Ice Trick...

Oh, mssrp, I feel your pain. Maisie enjoyed her first ever snow and ice today and it was great fun for a while. Snuffling, breaking up the icy coating on the top and munching it -- non-stop. But then she wanted to run and slide on it and dig in it -- she was just spayed last Tuesday so she's not supposed to run and jump (and I don't let her dig). When I called her to go in she went on strike, down on her belly and incisions (luckily small) in the snow. I had to get the leash and coax and tug. She rang her bells to go out all day and evening long -- almost all false alarms, and we've been past that stage for a long time. She's only 7+ months old, not the 8 and 9 month teen-agers that you all are writing about, so I'm sure I have more to look forward to!
 

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Sorry, know this is long!! Thank you for starting a thread we can all talk about our good and bad days!

We had a Good Day yesterday! My sister and her daughter were driving in for the Fort Worth Rodeo and with all the construction, got lost. The called us and we were just leaving the field I found where the pups can run, so we met them south of town and led them into the right gate. We were allowed in with the car after a brief explanation, so found ourselves amoung dozens of horse trailers, horses, cows in paddocks, moo'ing, smells, so many new things. DH wanted to help family unload horses and I didn't want to miss the fun, so both dogs were let out with the long leashes we had (didn't bring short leads). Even Kye was a bit overwhelmed with so many new animals, smells. I tied Coop to my waist and held Kye's leash and surprisingly both were so good. Kye wanted to greet every animal and thank goodness all the cowboys/girls went out of their way to come hug, pet and talk to the pups. When they would leave, Kye would want to march away with them all. (Traitor!!!). Coop was a bit overwhelmed with the horses, but we found a pen of mini horses and Coop was allowed to smell a baby, tail started wagging and think he thought it was another dog! Both dogs had so much "new" stuff they both did well. Kye wasn't bouncing off the walls and even remembered to sit. Coop was so happy he actually was prancing (never did that before). They found horse poop was very tasty and I spent a good amount of time pulling huge rolls with grain, hay all wrapped around it from their mouths - Uck.

Only catastrophe we had was when DH called the pups to load and forgot that Coop was tied to me. Coop starts running, while Kye and I were looking into a pen at a horse. All of a sudden, my waist was drug one way, the top part of me the other, then his leash came to its end, my back feels like it popped from base to top - Ouch. We had two really tired pups last night and didn't even go on evening walk.

I really appreciated the hours, cause the pups had a really Good experience, the people there must be animal/dog people and felt no fear coming and petting the dogs. While I am not one for letting strangers walk up and pet the kids, Coop really needs this, his confidence in new things is growing, he needed to see more people and these were the perfect kind of people to do this with. My sisters horses are raised with their dogs and had no fear when we let Kye then Coop come and smell, one even tried to eat Coops fur on his back! Coop thought that was cool! Not scared at all.

Really a positive day for the pups and hope we gained more points in confidence for Coop. Kye so surprised me, perhaps it was because all was new, but she remembered her manners, was so good and I got lots of praise on her behavior (from Kye?????) Good Day! Probably our first good day in all of these months.
 
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We should ask the Mod's if they would make this into a Sticky! Then we could come and post whenever and not have to hunt for the individual post.

What do you think??
 

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Elly, amazing how different these goldens can be in personality. Coop fits right in with his class, he learns at the same level, never stands out with problems, just plods around doing what he should. Hard to keep his attention to learn, but he "studies" and when it sinks in, stays. Kye is eager for life, learns fast and proceeds to forget just as quickly. She is always looking for the next door in life, life is a happy day, the Everyone loves me kind of gal. Handful, but a lot of fun. Walks are never enough, so we have found a field south of town where she can run on long leash. This is about the only way to tire her out. I don't know what I would do if she was Chester's size! She is prob. about 60 ish pounds now and more than I can lift. If she flattened, we would have to wait it out since I can't lift her anymore, but no way, she is never flat but more likely bouncing up and down like a tennis ball. She has bounced halfway down the walk at the park. She has also eatten the laminate off the kitchen floor, drug in most of a tree into the den, dug in her water bowl and flooded the kitchen, eatten shoes, raided clean clothes from the clothes basket. The joys of having a high-strung golden.
 
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