|Barked: Sat Apr 27, '13 11:42am PST |
|I got Charlie at eight months old, no prior training, previous owner neglect, only knowing his name, and being a holy terror of whirlwind energy and springs in his feet.
Get on top of and stand on the dining room table(food or no food) and look around with a wagging tail, WAITING to get in trouble? Absolutely.
Wrestling the garbage all over the apartment to rip out its contents and strew them throughout my entire house? HECK YES!
Shredding favorite stuffed animals collected from when I was a BABY? Those buggers were gonna die!
Howl when left alone? ARRROOOOO.
Blatantly ignore anything and everything that didn't involve food or discipline? Of course. Nothing else was any more fun!
He was a terror, omd. And now, at five years old, while he still has his off times because he's a high anxiety dog, he knows around a total of 40 commands, listens beautifully, only occasionally ignores me(typical scenthound), and no longer wrestles the garbage, destroys teddies, climbs on dining tables, etc. In fact, now he's quite content to curl up on his favorite recliner and snooze for the day.
Ria? She only acted out once so far... We've worked diligently on her being an off leash dog from the start. But she eventually learned that she would have to go in the house again after a while of playing fetch, so instead of going in the house, she'd flip you the bird, play catch-me-if-you-can for an HOUR minimum, and stay JUST out of reach. Eventually, we began tethering her in the front and not letting her off leash because of it. A month goes by, we let her off leash again, and she NEVER played catch-me-if-you-can again. In fact, happily hops right into the house now, because she knows if she doesn't, she'll get relegated to the leash. That said, I'm sure we'll have MORE adolescent behavior coming from her yet, as she's only about a year old. I don't look forward to it. As it is, she has started barking at sounds though, and once, even came charging out of my bedroom at me, fur standing up, barking her fool head off because I turned on the hall light and was going up to bed. My fiance was already sound asleep and got woken up by the dog.
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