|Barked: Sat Jun 22, '13 10:02pm PST |
|Kota has begun the terrible teenage phase. Oh joy.
I love the advise. I have been in your place and have had to get creative in redirecting a dog.
I suspect the walk is a bit boring and is not meeting his increasing energy out put needs.
Find creative ways to get him physically and mentally busy during the "witching hour". Usually occurs after dinner hour, 6-8 pm.
This is a great time to practice puppy in the middle recalls. Use his food as a reward.
Play hide and seek.
Hide his food for him to find.
Consider a big raw marrow bone too chew on. Once he gets the marrow out you can refill with food, stick together with canned food and freeze. Feels great on sore teeth and gums and will really get him working to get at the chow.
I kinda liked your wife's Bully stick idea. But it was too high a reward. Knock it way down to a pocket full of kibble and sprinkle it on the ground if he gets jumpy. Just enough to redirect, then get his focus back, sit, down, anything thoughtful.
You have been blessed/cursed with a smart dog. Keep out thinking him.
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