Dober Teens Already??

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Niko is 4 1/2 months old now, and I think he is hitting the dober teens.  I Could it be that, or is he just having a delayed response to Boss being added to the house.  I didn't think that his teens would kick in until he would be a little bit older.  He has adjusted really well with Boss moving in.  We had the jealousy thing (from both of them) at first, and even now on occasion.  Especially when I first get home from work...I'm trying to pet both of them and they are trying to push the other one away!!  It's funny, they aren't aggressive about it all they do is nose push the other one.

Anyway, Niko is getting to where he isn't wanting to follow commands, not all of the time, but sometimes.  He flat out refuses to jump in the car, when just last week he did it no problem.  Now, he will put his front paws on the seat, look back at my with his cute little face tucked down ever so slightly and look up at me like he's saying "But Momma it's too tall for me, I'm a little baby".  I don't give in and put him in myself, I tell him "get in" and he just looks at me.  So, I take him back to the house and put him in his crate and we go without him.  I don't know if this is the best technique, but I don't want to give in and lift him into the car, he's already close to 50lbs; and I won't be able to lift a full grown Niko.  So, I want to stop this now.

He has also seemed to forgotten all his recall work, he just acts like he doesn't hear us.  Once again this is not all the time, just on occassion.  But, I need some advice on how to reinforce this training...again.  I picked up a 15 foot lead for him that I'm going to use when we are in the yard so that he will have to come back to me.

Any advice, suggestions, comments, or anything would be awesome!!!

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Niko sounds like he is beginning to come into that stage of his life where he wants to test his limits, wants to see 'what will happen if I DONT do it?'-type of thing.  He also might be starting his adult teething stage, which kind of throws them off their game a little bit, also. 

The only thing I can suggest (because I just went through this with DJ and she's still not completely out of it yet, but she is SO much better than a couple of months ago) is to start obedience training with him. Either enroll him into an obedience class, or at least work with him on your own at home in short sessions....even 5 - 10 minute sessions...several times each day.  Keep his mind busy with learning new things and repeating commands he already knows, such as 'sit' or 'down' and treat every correct behavior like he's just won the Nobel Prize for doing it.  If he's slipping backwards on his recalls, then keep him on leash, even if its a super LONG rope, but something that still gives you the ultimate control factor. 

It gets better. 

My trainer for Andre said NEVER use the word come if you can't enforce it, because it teaches them that they have a choice to obey or not. I think all dogs go thru this-what I call the doggie dumbs. Just be consistent and like Z's Dad said, start him in an obedience class. Andre is almost 7 mos old now and he is starting the Dober-teens. I just remain consistent and continue to implement the "nothing is free" approach. Andre is starting to challenge me and we have had some stare-downs, but I ALWAYS make sure I win his challenge and enforce EVERY command. Andre gets away with NOTHING. It's my way or the highway and Andre knows that.

Just hang in there adolescence will pass :)  

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How long do doberteens last?  From what age to what age approximately?

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Gideon had command problems at that age, too, but he went back to normal after a few weeks. Just stay consistent and he'll come back around. He'll be in the doberteens for a while though. Goofus still is.

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Oh yay!!  He's doing alright, stubborn as can be at times, but he's still  pretty obedient.  He's getting so grown up, I can hardly see the little semi-wrinkly, squish nosed puppy in him anymore! :-(

But, the up side is that now I have a tall, regal, loyal, handsome boy to be my best friend and pain in my butt!! LOL  I wouldn't trade him for anything.