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    DefaultIncreased mischief

    My boy is 8 months old, and he's been fairly independent in the house while we are here, having free roam. Lately though, he's become much more mischievous....taking pillows, blankets, etc...

    what is proper response for this? (a little spanking?) or advice on how to nip this in the bud.

    thanks

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    No spanking!

    Sounds like he's going through the teenage phase. We've all been through it. Teach him "leave it", "drop it", etc. Basic obedience skills does wonders.

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    Absolutely no spanking... he wouldnt even know what he was being spanked for and just learn to fear and not trust you.

    Maybe he is too young to have the priviledge of free roam of the house.

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    "Leave it" and "drop it". Reward the good behaviour.
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    Do. not. hit. your. dog. ever.

    He needs supervision and to learn "leave it" and "drop it."

    I'm Jenn. Keeper of two labs in my home and one forever in my heart.

    Throw the ball, damn it!

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    Maybe he is too young to have the priviledge of free roam of the house.
    Susan, I was going to say that too, but then I saw he said free roam while they were home. I assume he's crated when they're not (right?).




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    Quote Originally Posted by jzgrlduff
    Maybe he is too young to have the priviledge of free roam of the house.
    Susan, I was going to say that too, but then I saw he said free roam while they were home. I assume he's crated when they're not (right?).
    Most definitely crated when we are not here!

    i'll have to work more on the 'drop it' command for sure...thanks for the tip

    although, i don't consider a little spank on the butt, or a little jab on the side(like the Ceasar Millan correction) the same as 'hitting'...i would never "hit" my dog(not to get into semantic argument) dogs physically correct each other, so i don't think that's a foreign a concept to them.

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    DefaultRe: Increased mischief

    dogs physically correct each other, so i don't think that's a foreign a concept to them.
    You're right, if it's done correctly. When Frankie was little I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck once or twice and growled a deep "NOOOO" when he was doing something he shouldn't have been doing (like ripping the hot tub cover). He got the picture. You have to do it right, and you have to do it at the exact time that he's doing something wrong.



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    ahhh sorry, I thought you meant when you were away... My bad!

    Leave it is the BEST command! You will be amazed how many times and different situations you will use this one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WeHeartLabs
    Leave it is the BEST command! You will be amazed how many times and different situations you will use this one.
    I think "leave it","drop it" and a great recall are essential. I swear Maggie thought "Leave it" was her name for awhile.
    The Constitution is suppose to guarantee everyone the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but the Constitution does not guarantee everyone equal outcomes.
    Some people are more talented, educated, thieving and dishonest than others.

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