Teenie-bopper behavior

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I'm sorry if this has been discussed in the past, but I'm observing behavioral changes in my dog Ike.

He's been very good at minding the few commands I've taught, but now he's almost six mo. and it seems like he has to think about it before obeying.  Also, he used to lay in bed with me while my wife watched television in the evenings and I worked or surfed the web.  He would chew on a toy.  Now, as soon as I give him the toy he runs away with it.

This is probably normal behavior for the age; have any of you with comparable age dogs observed similar changes?  rgreen4, anyone?  Is it time to become more firm with the training?

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Yeah, I think you have a teenager on your hands. He is trying to assert himself, just like a teenager. You will just need to be firm and not play any of his games. When he grabs the toy and runs off, he want to see if you'll chase him. When giving him a command, you might just as well get used to a slight delay, as another aspect of the Dobe attitude is showing - they are German, and just like Germans (as my mother used to say about herself and me) they are hard headed Dutchmen. (My maternal Grandmother was full blood German).

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:) A teen dogger :) Can't, won't, sharnt, Its not fair!, Make me :)
I just kept going through Q's training with him.....I even hand fed him his kibble once or twice giving him a command for every piece. SIT, DOWN, UP, SHAKE, I hope that dosnt sound too cruel?  but its important for Q to know that I am in charge. I also increased his exercise working on the ' a tired dog is a happy dog'  :)
On the plus side Its really lovely to have him asleep on my feet around 7pm every evening and I can now eat chocolate at every meal and never have to bother about putting on weight  :)

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Wow, you are really quite strict with Q!  Exercise: these dogs seem to love it.

Teaching/learning the "heel" command is huge exercise!  My dog training instructor advised stopping with the dog pulls and only moving again when he looks up.  Mine pulls right ahead again.  By the end of a short 1-mile walk, he's panting and I'm pouring down sweating - and I'm a reasonably fit guy!

All your work with Q will doubtless pay huge dividends.

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Omega I had to get Q under control whilst i could still handle him otherwise i would be flat on my face most of the time. I used to have a boyfriend who is a vet and when I told him I was getting a dobie the first thing he said was 'dont get a boy as you wont be able to handle him' and that I was too soft :)

I'm sure i got some good tips of here in regards to walking to heel...when Q pulled I simply turned and walked in the other direction...after going around in squares for a while he caught on pretty quick. I also worked on  reward training using part of his daily kibble allowance giving lots of praise when he walked correctly. There's a pic on here somewhere with Q sitting at the floor of my sofa...if you look closely you can see where he has walked too close to me causing me to tread on his poor feet...most of the time on leash he walks with his head attached to my knee :)
I still put a good ten minutes aside to walk with Q on the leash practicing our turns....our figure eights are getting better all the time :) I practice walking really fast and then really slow...its a good mental workout as Q doesn't know what i am going to do next so he know he needs to pay attention.
Off leash walking to heel I used a long line and just kept calling Q whilst running backwards calling in a high pitched voice :D...again lots of praise and rewards. Even now I still call Q to heel every couple of minutes....he does it mainly automatically I think :)....I still praise him and sometimes  treat him. He still gets distracted  so i have to make a shhsss noise to get him to pay attention again.
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