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Since Maverick came back from his boarding kennel a couple of weeks ago he has had a change in attitude. He isnt a bad dog now but he is testing a lot of boundries that he didnt before. For example he has started to back take me when i try and tell him to go for potty..he will do a little boxer boy and try and initiate a wrestling match. He also ignores me more freaquently now. I really think this is a behavior issue and nothing medical..he is 10 mo almost and it seems like he is testing boundries and being a bratty teenage. What can i do to change this? So far i have tried to give him a lot of love when he is being good and we have been praciticing more on his training. Now that the weather is getting better there will be more walks to wear him down but am i doing the right things or is there something else to do? Obviously a lot has changed in the last 3 weeks...he had his stay at a boarding kennel, daddy got stopped at the boarder and was missing for a week, then we got married and i got phd accepted so weve been rushing around trying to plan things as well as this all happened when we were trying to transition maverick out of his crate for sleeping......Sorry this was all jumbled i just want to know if im doing the right things and what else i should do.

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My 14 month old male will backtalk me all the time, and he does the boxer boy wanna wrestle with you every time i try to get him off the couch.  He has had this attitude for a few months, since he was about 10 months.  We are working on it, but I know that my husband is main disciplinarian in the house and that's why he doesn't listen to me, he doesn't feel I am serious, he thinks I'm playing.
 

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I have the same problem.  Rocky always back talks me.  It's kinda funny bc if bf is on the computer Rocky will bark at me then look over at dad, if dad doesn't get on to him he just keeps on going.  I try to tell him to stop but he just barks even more like it's a game.  So, I'm really no help with this.
 

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Deffinately the teenage rebellion!  I think you're doing everything right.  At leat, that's what we did.  The only thing I would add is do not let him get away with disobedience.  If you tell him to do something, he has to do it!  Hang in there, it shouldn't last too long.

Now on to real teenagers . . . my skin kid is driving me nuts! :roll:  :lol:
 

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Typical adolesence.  Do as you're doing, step up the obedience training.  I would recommend two 15 minute sessions twice a day minimum.  If he refuses to listen have him do one command correctly (something you know he will do at that time) and put him up for a while and try again later.  This is the difficult stage that makes you want to tear your hair out.  You might feel like you never worked on obedience training with him at all the way he is.  This stage lasts several months and it takes work (and patience) to get thru it.

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When Kiah backtalks me she gets a timeout in my half bath for about 2 - 3 minutes.  She knows what timeout is and actually walks to the bathroom; she just lays down on the floor and is quiet.
 

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[quote="nano\";p=\"108331":1q44fb1b]Typical adolesence.
 

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Also just the stress of everything that has happened lately may be some of the cause, but to me, it sounds like you are doing everything right, just be stern with Mav, it's definitely that teenage phase
 

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thanks for all the feedback guys. He is driving me mad. usually he will get right in his crate now all of a sudden he is an activist for boxer rights and the main right is that he doesnt have to do anything he doesnt feel like...GRRRRR...i spent five minutes trying to get him to go in his crate (he usually just walks in unhappily but still does as told).
 

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Going thru all of this right now. He stayed the weekend at a friends that is very hands off with is dogs and now my dog thinks he is king of the land. I tell him to get in his crate; he looks at me and walks upstairs, BUT not w/o looking back at me half way up. He is definitely in his rebellious stage right now. Ugh!
 
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