|Barked: Fri Nov 16, '12 11:57pm PST |
|Lancer is the most strong-willed puppy I've ever met ro owned (though only the fourth)! He's showing more and more of that headstrong streak. He already knows the command "leave it", which I've been using constantly, because he's already teething at 9 weeks. He's listened immediately when I first got him last week, and I praise him right after.
Today when he was tearing at a peepee pad and I said "leave it"... first reaction was he dropped and turned around and left it.
But then he SLOWLY turned his head and looked back at me and gave me this INCREDIBLY mischievious eye contact.... Can't even begin to descibe it LOL. And then he literally POUNCED back on the peepee pad and shook it with 10x more gusto! My goodness.
I said, leave it again, and this time he jumped off and ran off about 4 steps, FLIPPED around, CHARGED back, POUNCED back on and TORE at the peepee pad with all his might 50x more vigor and gusto than he did before!! It was insane. This time I YELLED "leave it", shoved him off, and he fled like the wind..... finally.
Of course, very deliberately disobeying me, and VERY strong-willed.
To describe more of his personality: his feelings are never hurt and he's always happy. If we scold him or Kityra scolds him for bad behavior, he is COMPLETELY unfazed and simply frolics away to find something else to be happy about! He's very confident, already trying to defeat Kityra in play-fighting at 9 weeks old.. he doesn't roll over or "give up" anymore in rough-housing, after just 1 night of living with her (the first night, he easily flipped over for her when they played). Constantly happy, mind-blowingly confident, always enthusiastic, very testing, does NOT accept loss, vigorous and chaotic, thinks he is always be the center of attention, VERY crafty (has already outsmarted my mom) and TOO intelligent for such a young age. :o
Yes, a lot has happened in the last week that I've had him. LOL. To be honest, I'm rather proud at his mental strength and enthusiasm. He is precisely the polar opposite of Kityra.
So FINALLY: looking for any advice on training and raising this strong-willed pup? And correction without SPANKING or any of that physical jazz...
Games to play? Things to do that can improve obedience rate? I'm sure that with a spray bottle or a loud horn, he will quickly learn that it won't affect him and will challenge that too. and possibly even what problems I can expect to encounter in the future with a strong-willed adult dog?
(off-topic, but the little guy already comprehends television... he can focus on the TV with unbroken attention for up to 2 minutes at 9 weeks old! Kityra couldn't focus on the TV for that long until she was at least 5 months or so LOL)
Edited by author Sat Nov 17, '12 1:38am PST
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