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Okay ...those of you with 18mo and older doodles

please tell me someone did NOT switch dogs on me!!
MAX is incorrigible (or however you spell it)

OMG Max has sprunk a leak........and i have just started a
"in home" obedience training refresher course

Beau ,i expect it as he's soon to be 6mos
Peanut is an angel compared to a few months ago , she's hitting 13mos

MAX....... I LOVE HIM DEARLY but hahahhaaaa
he sure is full of himself lately!
 

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:) Hang in there Annmarie. I hear all these stories of doodles being perfect angels after 1-1.5 yrs and then I look at Dexter...haha...stealing socks, jumping on people, not coming when called, etc. It's very clear that he's just very late/slow to mature :)

I'm finding these stages to be shorter now that he's older so maybe Max is just having a bad few days :)
 

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thanks so much

and leslie...it's been 10 days now...is that a few? hhahahaa
 

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Tanner (16 months) got his foot caught in my laptop cord while on a 500 this AM. Broke the computer it into two pieces....does that qualify as regression :twisted: :twisted:
 

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Oh I am so glad I am not the only one!!!
Bailey has gotten SO naughty :shock:
He will 9 months old in a few days and it is like he has hit the terrible two's!
He has been an ANGEL about not chewing on things that don't belong to him...last night alone he destoyed my daughters backpack and a few Christmas decorations. When he goes out to potty he starts barking like a lunatic IMMEDIATELY...which is new. Normally he goes potty, runs around for bit and then is ready to come in. He just has been so ornery the past few days. I know this too shall pass but I miss my good baby boy!!!!! :cry:
 

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Annmarie, I can't believe the timing of your post! Boyd is 18 mos now and he is reverting back to such bratty behavior. Stealing things, not listening, eating things on our walks that he normally would leave, etc.

I told DH this morning that this must be a stage. Boyd literally unzipped my husband's gym bag and stole his socks. It was incredible. Then, I was getting dressed and was missing a sock, and, you guessed it, Boyd had it downstairs on his bed!!!!

On our walk this morning he ate a tissue and then he went for his poop in the back yard (something he hasn't done in months).

Aaaarghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
 

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I told DH this morning that this must be a stage. Boyd literally unzipped my husband's gym bag and stole his socks. It was incredible. Then, I was getting dressed and was missing a sock, and, you guessed it, Boyd had it downstairs on his bed!!!!
Wow I'm impressed!! haha...Dex hasn't figured out how to open things yet...I can only hope he doesn't learn.

The funniest thing to watch is the look on Kirby's face when Dex has the socks...I know he was trained to not take socks so he looks somewhat upset when Dex has them...haha...we're trying to train Kirby to get the socks from Dex and return them to us...haha
 

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OMG!!!! hahaha i couldn't have timed this post any better

((((((((((annie)))))))))) oh honey i feel for you bigtime!!! that's an expensive stage!!!

and i'll take sock stealing anyday ...Max and Peanut unzip my son's backpack for his school books and EAT his homework , 3 times now :shock: told son KEEP the darn thing in your room.

Pair of ski gloves ...gone in seconds
socks eaten in under a minute and gakked up hours later...at least they're given back.

Best one which scared me to death: Max for some reason thinks our 6acres isn't enough for him as of last week and WANDERS over another 8 acres :shock:
i say BYE and go inside , slam the door and he appears at the door with the "WHAT" look and "let me in, it's cold out"

the other day he OMG ran along the road...I have had him on leash the past week ok, was sick and thought this one time would be ok...anyway, when i opened the door Max ran into his crate hahhahaa and i closed the door.
 

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OMG!! I have not visited the forum in some time. This is the very topic that brought me back here.

My Kiley is 14 months now and has reverted back to puppyhood only she is worse than she was when she was younger.

I have been trying everything to get her to calm down. She is continuously challenging me for Alpha position and it is driving me crazy.

She has never chewed on anything in the house and I hope she doesn't start. She has started to eat her poop right after despositing it, so it is hard to get it up before she can get it.

I have actually started the process of looking for a new home for her because I cannot stand the constant challenge for dominance. This is my first time owning a dog and I am at a loss as how to deal with this. It's just me and her and it is getting very tiring and frustrating.

Any suggestions?
 

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Have you tried obedience class? This did wonders for Boyd. You might also put her in daycare - it will help her to socialize with other dogs and to learn the pecking order.

Please don't give up yet - the more you all work together doing obedience the more your bond will grow.
 

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Lora said:
Have you tried obedience class? This did wonders for Boyd. You might also put her in daycare - it will help her to socialize with other dogs and to learn the pecking order.

Please don't give up yet - the more you all work together doing obedience the more your bond will grow.
Yes, she went through a 28-day intensive obedience course that cost me $1200. I know she knows all the things she learned but, it seems she has decided when and where she will do them. I have been working with her several times daily and it only seems to get worse.

She is a wonderfully sweet, outgoing dog; but, I cannot tolerate the bad behavior anymore.
 

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Yep... That's the Lab and/or some demon in them expressing itself. Time or an exorcism will eventually cure it.

Ozzie is going through the same phase. Both my Labs went through this at this age. My big male Lab was the worst.. the most rebellious pup I ever owned, but by 1.5 years he became the best, smartest, most reliable and obedient dog I ever owned.

My Siberian Huskies never went through that phase because they are more like a "wolf pack" than family dogs. My well trained big male (the alpha dog) would smack down the others if they misbehaved.
 

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Tanner (16 months) got his foot caught in my laptop cord while on a 500 this AM. Broke the computer it into two pieces....does that qualify as regression :twisted: :twisted:
OUCH !

Annabelle is 19 months and is doing pretty well, although I'm back to having to re-enforce "come" when I call her if she is out there barking
today she saw Lennie, our neighbors friend, now they are here often so she knows him but she stood there barking like a fool, called her twice, ignored me, so I said "dont make me come down there", she stopped and started to come, then changed her mind, so Mom had to go down to the back yard and bring her in - I take hold of her collar and walk her over to the stairs and say IN, and of course she trys to pull to get to stairs fast like she was on her way there before I came down, so I control her walking until we get to bottom of stairs. I haven't had to do that in a few months :roll:

AB has always had 2 holes she digs in out back, the past few months she has added more, it's like a landmine out there and with all this rain, the clay is nice an soft and so much nicer to dig in !

Our 2 choc labs chilled at about 2-1/2 yrs old, our yellow lab was 3yrs old before she "matured"

But........I wouldnt trade Annabelle for anything :D
 

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AB has always had 2 holes she digs in out back, the past few months she has added more, it's like a landmine out there and with all this rain, the clay is nice an soft and so much nicer to dig in !
Kirby has taught Dexter the fun of digging :shock: so we have to keep an eye on them when they're outside and quiet...haha...

Keep asserting your role as the dominant---if your doodle continues to bark unabated--simply retract the priviledge of being outside unattended--or shorten the time---....
yeah I've been retrating this priviledge quite a bit with Dexter. Especially concerning potty breaks! They have difficulty with different things...for Dex it is recall. Kirby I make sit before he goes out because this it the thing he has difficulty with.

Finally we have made a point to control their favorite game (fetch). The kong balls are kept in the closet until I want to play. Then we play for as long as I want and the game ends when I have had enough. I have been giving them a treat (after a down stay) when I end the game in hopes of making it a happy time. I'm hoping all this is doing some good (especially with Kirby who did not grow up w/our rules)...we'll see.
 

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OMG!!

I have actually started the process of looking for a new home for her because I cannot stand the constant challenge for dominance. This is my first time owning a dog and I am at a loss as how to deal with this. It's just me and her and it is getting very tiring and frustrating.

Any suggestions?
I'm sorry to hear you are having such a hard time with Kiley that you are thinking of finding her a new home

She is still a puppy, they all mature at different ages but 14 months is still young.

Is she home alone a lot, crated or uncrated? Other than consistancy in letting her know who is boss, I dont know what to suggest if she has already had obedience - as others said, daycare might be an option to help her socialize and use up excess energy

I wish you the best of luck, if you have to find her a home, did you contact her breeder or Shannon, who helps find homes where she can for doodles. It is important a new family knows her issues but I sure hope you can work it out to keep her, she looks sweet
 

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OMG!! I have not visited the forum in some time. This is the very topic that brought me back here.

... This is my first time owning a dog and I am at a loss as how to deal with this. It's just me and her and it is getting very tiring and frustrating.

Any suggestions?
I am so sorry that you are struggling with this. If you have made up your mind to give Kiley up, please do contact your breeder first. A dog this age is hard to adopt out and if you turn over to a shelter her problems will get worse.

That being said, if you love her and want to keep her, I suggest taking her to a behavior specialist. Sometimes, especially on this forum, we joke about our dog's behaviors but the truth is that every one of us have had our moments of extreme frustration...but once it passes, as you can see, we are able to laugh about it.

There are trainers that can help you train Kiley but YOU need to do the work...Kiley is only doing what comes naturally to her and as you said, this is your first dog, so you had no idea what a challenge it can be. So, if you want to keep her (and I hope you do) contact a good behavioralist and get some private training for Kiley, in her own yard, so that you can see what to do and how best to handle her situations.

Her poop eating could be caused by an illness, a bad diet or by her reaction to stress. There are many resources available for you to learn about all of the behaviors that trouble you...if you want to keep her, please find them and try to understand what motivates her. Here is a good place to start: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx

But, if you have already made up your mind to rehome her, and that is okay if you have, then just please contact your breeder and if not your breeder, as suggested above, contact Shannon. You can list her on the IDOG rescue http://www.idog.biz/Rescue.html and they will help you find a great home for her...they could also find a foster home if you are at the end of your rope.

Best wishes to you both.
 

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Chas.
My Eskies were the same as your huskies - they wanted to be part of the pack so badly they would do just about anything to please. Tyke on the other hand, looks at me as if to say "What's in it for me?" I have found the best way to make her come in from the yard is not to call her, b/c she just stares at me. I just take off running for the house, and she comes flying after me so she won't be left behind! I've found that "reverse psychology" seems to work better with Tyke - if she thinks you DON'T want her to do somthing, she tries even harder TO do it!!! :twisted:
 
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