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My doodle takes no notice of us when we try and be stern, he is obvious trying to be the leader, and as much as we say no or leave, it goes over his head. I have tries putting him in the crate, but he cries all of the time until I open the door, then it all starts over again.
Any tips pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
 

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How old is your pup? How long have you had him? Just curious, and those answers can help everyone with your question.
The biggest thing that jumps out at me is your crating of him. Absolutely keep it up, but DO NOT let him out unless it is on your terms and with him quiet and calm. Anything else lets him know that he is in charge. The crate is a great place for a "time out"- i.e. placing a pup there without anger or frustration to let them calm dow. It is important to show no emotion when crating your pup for a "time out"- you want it to always be a positive place to be. And again, don't let them out until they are quiet, calm, and you are ready for them. You may want to do some remedial crate training on him to make it easier, but don't back down!
Good luck!
 

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Angie, do you train him every day? Are you consistent with your training?
I ask these questions because my dogs behaved the same way...and I have a pack of them! But I knew that it isn't the dog's fault...it was mine. I didn't follow through. I did some sparse training, and when I was really serious, I'd insist on them behaving...but in between, they ruled the house. They were confused.

We had to take our dogs to a week-long training session and at the end, they were PERFECT...but the trainer then had to train US! And, still, when we relaxed our guard, thinking that they knew the commands and proper behavior, they would gang up on us again and act up. They were not mean...just persistent.

Dogs will do what dogs will do. They are not acting out of spite or a need to get even. You just need to gain control and keep it...and you can only do that by consistent training.

We also use a prong collar for training and it is a wonder tool! But learn how to use it properly and to fit it properly. http://www.leerburg.com/fit-prong.htm

Our dogs love the collar...it means they are about to do things fun! So, don't let the look of them scare you away...you dog needs control and you need to be the pack leader.

Good luck!
 

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thanks for all advice, Otto is almost 11 weeks old, and soon we will be able to take him out walking. This is when we will celebrate, when he is feeling naughty I will take him out.
The crate thing, he sleeps in it at night no bother, he does not like to go in through the day unless the door is open. I put him in it at lunch time while we eat as he has started to jump up at the table when we are eating, this I will not put up with.
Answer to Jac, I spend a lot of time with Otto trying different tricks with him, he can sit, give his paw, lye down and plays fetch, but he loves to wrestle and play tug. He has a large cardboard box which he chews and jumps in and out of. I am doing my best to train him as there are no classes in my area. :roll:
 

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Oh, gosh, Angie, Otto is so young...this can be corrected.
Try to tether him to you. He can't do anything without you there to correct him or praise him. Also, if you can't keep a close eye on him for any reason, crate him.
Puppies will explore and they will grab for anything they want...the best things you can teach him at this point is "sit" and "leave it" and "drop it" all of these commands will help you get control of his counter surfing.
Also, I hate to say this, but the tug of war and wrestling may be contributing to his problem. These are games where either he wins or you win and he won't learn that you are the pack leader...it can also lead to aggression.
It is so hard to know what to do and when...believe me, I know. I don't have perfectly behaved dogs and much of their good behavior has come from the aging process.
Keep doing what you can to train him...there are some really good resources online for that too. Here is one of my favorites: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/
 

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Hi, Jac's doing a fine job of offering help but something jumped out at me that I want to try to help with and support what Jacque has offered: until your darling Otto is trained and I mean really submits, there should be NO (zero, zip, nada) game of tug-of-war or the wrestling kind of games. They actually TEACH aggression, since your Otto isn't understanding you, he thinks you are coming down to his language of winning and losing. Chances are that when you are tired of it and quit, he actually thinks he has you beat.

about the classes: there are good books out there, and probably at the library near you. But are you sure there are NO classes in your area? I admit I live in a metro area so we have choices. What area is that with none?? Could your breeder give you some tips on training or trainers, by any chance?
 

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Hi Maureen, I am in England, and where I live there are no classes, I would have to get into a car and drive for miles. I will try and stop the tug games and see if it makes a difference, although my other two dogs I had we played games and they were fine
 
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