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Old 23-12-2019, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I have an 18m male lab (entire). Was coming on well until he hit adolescence at 12/13m. Started over again with training but he’s just not taking anything in. He’s gone from focused pup to easily distracted, arrogant (but no aggression), cocky - thinks he can do things when he wants and on his terms.

I am keeping to a regular schedule. 2 good 45 min walks daily with basic training incorporated in short bursts.

The main issue I have is that he has become obsessed with play with other dogs. If he sees them and can’t get to them he barks at me/them until he can get to them (I don’t allow him to).
I ignore, turn away and try and regain focus but he’s so **** stroppy with me about it! He’s absolutely fine with other dogs when with them. No aggression, very much a social butterfly. But I can’t figure out the best way to deal with this behaviour.
Should I acknowledge and correct or should I ignore him and turn around? I’ve tried standing in the middle of the field and treating him positively from a distance and slowly working my way closer - it does not work!! I’ve had two trainer attempt - he does not back down! He has been assessed by a behaviourist as ‘just a hyper adolescent’ and I was told to keep training! Has anyone else had this? What did you do?
He’s not my first lab - I’ve had a plaid lab before and many other breeds but this boy is hard since the hormones kicked in! (Karma for thinking I had the perfect pup! &#x1f609
I bought with the attention of working but at the moment I can’t take him out while he behaves like this around other dogs! It’s honestly like he’s a stroppy three year old child that’s having a tantrum because he’s not getting his own way!! Any thoughts / advice gratefully received!
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Old 23-12-2019, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The best thing you can do is go for a few one to one training sessions with a professional trainer, ask around and get some recommendations for ones that use good methods for training. What that does, is train you, so you can then train your dog. If playing with another dog is more exciting than playing games with you, then simply put, you're not exciting enough (sorry), so you need to learn how to make training exciting for him, so he wants to train with you more than anything. He doesn't know he's training, to him everything is a game, some better than others.
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Old 24-12-2019, 12:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your input. I’ve seen 3 different trainers as I thought this may be the case. Their simple answer - keep him away from all other dogs until he matures. Surely this doesn’t actually help the situation?
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Old 29-12-2019, 08:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to my world! Sounds SO familiar! He will, eventually, calm down and things will come back. In the meantime, just go back to basics. Only you know what he has and hasn’t achieved in the past. Believe me, I’ve every sympathy! I’ve a 17 month old boy, who has gone from pretty good to utter delinquent. We’ve gone back to basics and I’m assured he will come good. Thankfully, for me, he still loves being shown and that’s the only time he actually behaves. Heelwork on and off lead is fine, sit stay fine, recall gone to pot totally, retrieves gone to pot too, down...nonexistent!

Don’t worry, don’t waste money, just go back to the basics.

He’s my 6th lab but the first male. I’m mad and have another female aged 10 months, she’s my 7th. Currently have 5.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to my world! Sounds SO familiar! He will, eventually, calm down and things will come back. In the meantime, just go back to basics. Only you know what he has and hasn’t achieved in the past. Believe me, I’ve every sympathy! I’ve a 17 month old boy, who has gone from pretty good to utter delinquent. We’ve gone back to basics and I’m assured he will come good. Thankfully, for me, he still loves being shown and that’s the only time he actually behaves. Heelwork on and off lead is fine, sit stay fine, recall gone to pot totally, retrieves gone to pot too, down...nonexistent!

Don’t worry, don’t waste money, just go back to the basics.

He’s my 6th lab but the first male. I’m mad and have another female aged 10 months, she’s my 7th. Currently have 5.


Maddie you have definitely cheered me up!!
He’s not my first lab but he is certainly the hardest! All I get from local people is that I haven’t trained him, he’s a nightmare you need to rehome him!
I’ve stripped back all training and I’ve added more structure and consistency - so I will only walk him alone so that I can 100% concentrate on him and intervene on time.
It’s just the other dogs that are getting me down - if he could just not bark constantly because of excitement it would be great!!!
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Freddie is the hardest I’ve ever had, now I’m not helped by being surrounded by in season bitches. The things he’s eaten or destroyed...cashmere sweaters, trifocal specs...that’s about 800 quids worth, plus earrings, rosettes, destroyed crates, smashed crockery, vets bills to try to find missing objects..I spent 300 on 24 metres of new fence panels just last week.
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Ahh yes! The vet bills! Rooi decided to eat a toughie beds foam filling! Luckily I work in a vets but a Friday evening is not good! Basically every time he drank the foam expanded and blocked him! He had a good day today with my brothers pup who came to visit. He calmed quickly and played. I’m looking after the pup for a few weeks so hoping that he will eventually sort of look at it as quite boring?! Probably wishful thinking!
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