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RIP Sweet Skyler
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Rusty's just over 3 and he's still a big pup(100 lbs of big) he's got the sit, stay, heel thing down pretty good but he just gets so darn excited sometimes he can't stand still. He just loves life and being so big it's kinda hard not to notice he's excited about something.
 

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Dixie turned a year old in April and is still VERY hyper too. But, yes, she's still all pup. ;) I've found that more mental exercise and more fetching in the backyard helps calm her down. She has so much energy! We've been working on more tricks than usual and she's settled down some in the evenings. She's still trying to climb up on my Dad in his recliner though! XD She snuggles with him. As a matter of fact, she's sitting behind me in the computer chair as I type this. XD
 

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Ok, now have you tried the dominating move on him? Both you and the kids?

Put him on his side, hold his head down until he relaxes, putting his chest area until he does relax, then you stand over him & have the kids do the same, stand over him until he remains in the calm relaxed position, telling him I'm the Boss!!! Do NOT make a game out if it, let him know you all mean business...
We do this with our dogs who get a lil out of control at times and they respect us for it... Also suggest feeding rituals, feed at same time daily, make him sit & remain calm until he gets his food, could be 1 min. or 5 min's. make him stay in the calm sit before feeding him.
When you put a dog in the sit that is the relaxed position for them, but they need to stay in the sit...
Don't give up hope, he will change, just stay on him....
Also, NEVER let him know you are affraid of growling, that shows him a sign of weakness in the pack...when he growls put him on his side and repeat above...
Ugh. Poor, poor dogs.

One thing for sure, they'll learn fear this way.
 

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Faux Wanda
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My sister has alot of experience with dogs and she thinks that it is odd behaviour for him to pace in and out of his crate, do you agree? I don't think it is odd he only does that when I am dozing in the easy chair or couch, I think he just doesn't know what to do with himself. My sister thinks he has control issues with his crate, he growls at the cats when they come near his crate while he is in it an sometimes the kids too. My sister thinks I should discipline him for this, which I do, when he growls at the kids, now he growls occasionally when I am out of the room, busy with laundry or dishes, and the kids will say "Wrigley growled at me in his crate" so I will go in there and tell them to go to his crate like they did before and he won't dare growl with me watching. My sister finds this dangerous and I agree, so Wrigley is never left alone with the kids, am I missing something?
I agree with you that he is bored and doesn't know what to do with himself. He is a 1 year old, teenage boy. He is just getting warmed up when you are finished with his walk.
I totally agree with others that he needs more exercise both mental and physical.
How much training has he had? Training is a mental exercise for them.
When you go for your walks, are they controlled? does he heel? or is it just a walk to potty and then back home.
How much exercise does he get? Do you throw the ball for him? Does he get to swim?
Get him enrolled in a training class that the whole family can participate in. Have each member of the family work with him.
For now, ignore the growling while in the crate as long as he isn't doing it while you are around. I think with more exercise and training, that may disappear. If it doesn't, consult with a behaviorist or professional trainer for the proper way to handle the situation. Since no one here has seen a video of what you describe, it is impossible to give you any advice on how to handle. If handled incorrectly, it could make matters much worse.
 
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