noticed a bit of a change in axl

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hey guys.. just thought I might share that I've noticed a bit of a change in axl's personality. now when I go outside of a night to feed him and just hang out and spend some quality time together and just chill out he gets really worked up and wants to play! i know this is normal but hes just gone from zero to 100mp/h. up until recently he's been really easy going and not too active (for a puppy). now he growls, barks and won't listen. also today I was playing with him outside and I quickly ran in the house to grab the phone and he pulled my favorite track pants off the line! this is the second time it's happened recently. he's been in the backyard during the day on his own with a clothesline full of clothes and he's never even tried to take anything off. it's like he's acting out because he thought I left him mid-play. if this is a normal then that's fine by me I love to play with him and spend time with him but it's just come totally out of left field so im a bit worried. also he's had a few play dates with buddy the 18month old Labrador from next door. axl, being a pup, nips, licks and jumps on buddy the whole time with buddy not being so interested. after buddy has enough he turns and gives axl a taste of his own medicine. axl yelped (so it must of hurt) then axl was really scared of buddy. on the second attempt the same thing happened except buddy didn't really hurt axl but he was still scared when buddy reacted to axl's persistant annoyingness. although both their tails were wagging and they both showed signs of playing it seems to me that axl is looking to strike up a new friendship but buddy isn't really interested. should we let them continue to play together?

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Sounds like a case of the doberteens to me :o)

I would let them keep playing but only while supervised and step in as soon as things start to get out of hand.  They are most likely just setting their boundaries.  It seems strange to me that an 18 month old has no interest in playing, as he is still very much a pup at that age. 

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doberteens?? sounds like fun! lol

I thought so too..being a first time dog owner I'm still learning on how to read dog body language, especially a dog that isn't my own so I don't know if buddy actually likes axl or not? I guess time will tell.

thanks for the input sweetpea!

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I would strongly recommend against leaving him outside by himself.  While this can be detrimental at any age, while he's so young it gives him too much freedom.  He could be doing things all day, and if these things are not corrected, then they are not wrong.  If he is home barking, growling, etc. and you don't tell him it's not ok to do these things, then he's going to keep doing them, and they would probably get worse with time.  I would recommend either crate training, or making a safe area in a room.  Too many bad habits are learned by being left outside.

The rest sounds like it can be handled pretty easily with some training.  Since this is your first dog, if you're not sure how, I would work with a trainer so that you don't make mistakes that become hard to correct down the road.

Best of luck!