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I am both frustrated and frightened with my Trixie's attitude and behavior recently. I think it is an adolescence thing and that she is challenging our authority (especially mine!). Prime example: this morning we took her to walk at her favorite place which is at some huge, fenced meadows. Because it is enclosed, we can let her off her leash and let her run, and often we meet other dogs with their parents there so she gets to play with them. She has a blast! In the past, we've been able to let her out the gate at the end of our walk and open the door of our car which is parked right in front. She jumps in and away we go. Today she decided that she didn't want to jump in...danced around in front of me barking just out of reach, darted off when I would advance, ran out into the street in front of a car (fortunately the driver saw her coming, so she didn't get hit). I had my husband start driving off without us, but she didn't care. I tried getting in the vehicle with my husband and closing the door - she came up to the door, but when I opened it she was off again. This all went on for 15 minutes or so before I was finally able to catch her, and I was so angry at her by then that I honestly felt like striking her. I know this wouldn't have helped, mind you, but that is how I felt. I know it is a training issue, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about solving this. She exhibits the same behavior at home when I get ready to put her leash on her to take her for her walk. When she won't come and does the dancing, barking thing I have left her behind a couple of times recently. My husband says she stands at the window by the front door and cries as I go off down the street, but she still carries on the next time. Has anyone had anything similar, and if so, what did you do?