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Arlo's behavior issues

Our little guy has reached about 19 weeks and it's like a switch has gone off and he's got a brand new personality.

Firstly, when he's up from his naps he's very restless, into everything that he shouldn't be and ignoring any of our attempts to distract him. He's also randomly started barking at nothing. He'll be lying on the couch and just start when nothing in the room has changed. He's also very slow to respond to commands. Prior to Friday he had really settled down and all seemed great. We'd been told to expect some change in his behaviour but he's like a different pup altogether! At times he cowers when he's near me as if I've been abusing him (obviously I haven't!)

Also, he's not really eating very much. Prior to a few days ago he would eat kibble that was given to him. Our trainer had told us to make games of his eating and we've hardly used his bowl at all. Now he'll only eat from the bowl and wants nothing to do with food if it's coming from any other avenue! He'll still take treats from us though - so clearly he knows the difference and knows what he wants!

Perhaps it's just a phase and everyone goes through it but I just wondered if anyone had any suggestions for getting him back on track? As you can tell from the picture he's still adorable but that's only making up for some of his bad behaviour!

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I can't tell you how many people come here when they first get their puppies, telling us about their "perfect" puppy, who does no wrong and learns so quickly. We all smile, nod and make encouraging noises. (what else are we going to do? Say "JUST YOU WAIT!!!"?

It is ENTIRELY normal for puppies to start to be less compliant, more independent and test the boundaries. Just as children do. The important thing is to be very firm and clear about the boundaries, while enforcing them in a non-threatening, matter-of-fact way.

The ONLY thing that bothers me a bit about what you've written is the bit about him cowering from you. That SOUNDS like he may not fully understand the rules (even if he did last week) or like you may be coming down on him in a way that is scary to him, when you are trying to correct his behavior. The BEST answer to puppy adolescent behavior is to confine and ignore when they are doing things they shouldn't. Not for long each time, but as many times as it takes. And depending on the persistence of the puppy, it can take MANY times. (try living with a terrier puppy for a while! )
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I was just thinking teenage puppy! Bowie definitely has become a teenager. Now I'm dealing with him and my newly turned 16 year old son! At least Bowie doesn't talk back As you know, Bowie goes nearly everywhere with me. But has been playing new games...sometimes I'll say lets go bye-bye and he'll sit and just stare at me, I'll step toward him to pick him up and he jumps back! Ok, no ride for him. He also likes to go in and out and will also ask to come in, but will just stand at the open door, letting all the cold air in! Now it's a count, 1...2...3 and if he's not in by 3 the door closes. He's coming in on 2 his other game is to just sit and look at me when I'm crouched down calling him for love. He will wait and wait and then will ever so slowly stalk me and then pounce! Crazy pup!
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I was just thinking teenage puppy! Bowie definitely has become a teenager. Now I'm dealing with him and my newly turned 16 year old son! At least Bowie doesn't talk back
At least with dogs, it's not illegal to lock them up when they are driving you crazy! And Panda DOES talk back. If she's barking and I tell her to stop, she turns and looks at me, barks RIGHT at me one more time, THEN stops. (it is VERY hard not to laugh! )

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He also likes to go in and out and will also ask to come in, but will just stand at the open door, letting all the cold air in! Now it's a count, 1...2...3 and if he's not in by 3 the door closes. He's coming in on 2
We call that "being a cat" Only one of mine does that fortunately, Pixel!


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