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HELP!!!  Just wondering if  this is normal?  My goldendoodle Buddy is 17 months.  and he seems to be  regressing.  We have alot of land that Buddy can run.  But when we call him he looks the other way. acts like he dont hear us.  he wants us to chase him.  we do have play time he does get plenty of  attention.  we play fetch and tug  and he gets alot of love throuh out the day.  He seems to be doing things that he knows he is not suppose to.   any advice would be helpful.

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Comment by Jim Nulty on October 25, 2011 at 3:24pm
Hello D.    Well, our "Buddy" will be 9 months Nov. 5th.  He is exhibiting some of these same behaviors.  I have read where dogs will go through their "terrible two's" at 4-6 months  or so and then get into their "adolescent rebellian"  just like a teen ager btw 1 yr and 2.5 yrs.    It could just be this happening. Sounds as if your Buddy is testing his ground..... looking for his leadership in gamemanship.  Initiating the activity just as you often do.  I think this will pass as he realizes that you indeed are the "kingpin" around there.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 23, 2011 at 5:34pm
I have really gotten into reading lately.  I will have to check out the books you mentioned.  Sounds like a trilology (sp?)  Like the "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo".  Let's not even go there.  Those three books are getting great reviews from everyone.  I felt it was a good story, but too dragged out. Way to dragged out!
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on October 22, 2011 at 10:20pm

I totally understand the feeling for not wanting to screw with the bowels.  Our sheepdog friends use frozen green beans for treats !  Can you believe that ???  The dogs love them.

Point taken, though.  I went through a couple of treats, but never got the immediate and drastic reaction that pup peperoni's get.  I figure one or even two every day or so really isn't going to do much.  But then again, Ginger is not a puppy anymore and she eats deer poop and cat poop, so where's the harm ???#$*&.  But Laurie is right...ANY treat that they LOVE will work.

Also, the books I love about Chet and Bernie (anybody else reading them?  "Dog on It", "Thereby Hangs a Tail" and "The Dog who knew too much" by an author named Quinn)  Anyway, in those books, Chet just LOVES Slim Jims...and its a recurring joke throughout the books.  I figure the Pup Peperonis look like slim jims, but have less calories ...Hardy, har, har...

Comment by Jo Bill on October 22, 2011 at 9:37pm
Thanks.  Sounds too good to be true!  I do this now with his normal leash since I don't have a long one.  He knows when I have a treat and will come.  If I don't have one (like in the house and call him) he comes within about a foot and stops.  He is toooo smart!
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on October 22, 2011 at 8:53pm
The clicker is a good idea as Bruce mentioned, you can also get a really long training lead and practice with that. The best treat to use is not even a treat but actual food. It comes in a tube like sausage and all you have to do is cut it up and freeze what you are not using. It's quick and easy and you do not have to wait for them to chew because they will gulp small bits right down. Have someone help you, with this. Put him on the long lead or rope and have another person call or click for him to come. Do this back and forth every day for just a few minutes a day. Never let him run free until he understands that when you give him the "come" command that he is to listen. It will not take too long and you will be pleased with the results.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 22, 2011 at 11:33am
Jo:  Pemon does not tell us when he wants to go out either.  He doesn't even sit by the door.  When he wants something he will bark like crazy at Mark and it is hit or miss.  Does he want food?  Does he want water, does he want to walk or does he want to go out?  Fun.................
Comment by Jo Bill on October 20, 2011 at 7:57pm
My vet says that anything other than bits of his food should not be given as a treat.  It only makes them fat.  I think until Gizmo's stools straighten out, I'll stay away from changing anything.  I like the idea of a "special" treat for special training, though.  I have started giving him a piece of food immediately after he pottys instead of waiting until we come inside.  I don't think he has associated going outside with potty time just yet.  He mainly goes because I tell him to and take him out many, many, MANY times during the day.  He still has not barked or whined to go out....he just wanders and then, sometimes, sits by the door.  Goofy thing!  LOL
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 20, 2011 at 7:42pm
Oh.............does the Vet say that Pup perronis are not good for the dog?  We give them to Pemon, only when on sale.  That is his all time favorite treat and he is fussy about his treats.
Comment by Jo Bill on October 20, 2011 at 4:31pm
That sounds like a really good idea.  The only thing I worry about is that the pup pepperoni will mess with his bowels.  They are soooooo soft right now.  I like the idea of a special treat just for coming though and the clicker.  I'm going to look into that.  Thanks.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on October 20, 2011 at 4:19pm

JoBill...I had sorta the same problem with Ginger...I let her off leash ALOT !  She's usually pretty good at coming when I call or whistle, but there are times......well, you know.

SO...I decided I needed some other training aid.  I got a $1.95 "clicker" at PetSmart.  And, contrary to vet recommendation, got some Pup Peperoni's at the grocery store.  Ginger LOVES, LOVES Pup Peperoni's.  They are SPECIAL treats.  They are big, so I break them down into thirds for our training.

I went outside with a leash...long leash.  I sat Ginger down and stepped away a foot or two.  I called her name and immediately clicked the clicker and gave her a treat.  REpeat !  Did that for three days for about 5-10 minutes each time.

Thats all it took...now, anytime I click, Ginger comes running cuz she knows she is going to get a Pup Peperoni.  Whenever we go for a walk, I put a few peperoni's in an Altoids Mints can and carry it with me.  If I need her to come, a click does the trick.

Remember, these are SPECIAL treats, associated with the clicker...no other times.

Hope it will work for you...good luck, Gizmo !

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