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Pablo is a brat!!

My usually sweet and obedient Havanese male, Pablo, has turned into a brat in the last month.
He barks (loudly) when we are eating and he wants some food. He barks (loudly) when we don't pay attention to him. He has started wetting the floor in the living room, including an expensive rug (sigh) when he had been housetrained for months.
He throws his balls under dressers, bookshelves and couches -- on purpose!!!-- and barks (loudly) until we retrive them.
I know he's due for another training session (he had a beginner's class a couple of months back) but I won't be free to take him to obedience classes for at least a month.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can curb his bratty behaviour in the meantime?
Is is an adolescent phase?
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He will be 10 months old later this month.
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Biscuit is 10 mos too and we've been through a couple of brief periods where he is rebellious. The annoying thing he does right now is run the opposite direction when he's called or I pick up the leash to go for a walk.

I just continue to be very firm , but friendly with him, when he tests me and not act like it's bugging me , even though it is. I don't want to ever get into a game of wills with him. Because then he's the alpha dog and not me.

You might try feeding him a treat a couple of times at the exact spot where he pees on the pricey rug. I read this in a training book, and it worked like a charm for me. They won't pee where they eat.

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Cash is 9 months- we've seen many similar things- (no loud barking Phew) but he does whine at me for attention- and loves to pull things out of the trash. the food on the rug worked for me too way back when-- also sitting down on the rug and playing with him then it becomes a play area that you both occupy. Just be patient and firm-- perhaps use his barking to teach him to "bark" on command and then "quiet" or "no bark" -- this phase too will pass. and then there will be another phase--- but that one will pass too. Try to enjoy his last months of puppy impishness--- because sooner or later he will be a dog.




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pablo is a brat

I am in the brat club with Racquet. Since he was neutered two weeks ago he is impossible. He is so wild at times, he barks for constant attention, bites, growls and runs around the house. To stop the barking I go in the other room, say" enough" and shake a loud bag full of rummy tiles. He then sometimes will stop or whine. I do the same over and over and when he stops I say good boy and give him a treat. You ned alot of patience when they are acting out.
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P>S. I named him Racquet not to make one but because I play tennis.
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Biscuit is 10 mos too and we've been through a couple of brief periods where he is rebellious. The annoying thing he does right now is run the opposite direction when he's called or I pick up the leash to go for a walk.

I just continue to be very firm , but friendly with him, when he tests me and not act like it's bugging me , even though it is. I don't want to ever get into a game of wills with him. Because then he's the alpha dog and not me.

You might try feeding him a treat a couple of times at the exact spot where he pees on the pricey rug. I read this in a training book, and it worked like a charm for me. They won't pee where they eat.

Good luck with your boy!
Thanks for the tips, especially the idea to put his food on the spot he pees on (with I had thought of that).
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Thanks for all the tips....but, oh my gosh Missy, what's the next phase?
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the 2nd phase is more of the same. Just short bursts of testing what they can get away with. Oh my I sound like an expert--- I am not----jasper was my first dog ever. For us anyway they just all of a sudden "get it" and then they forget again. But eventually it works out.




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walks, walks, walks...I walk all my critters at least 45 min at least once a day. I normally I walk 1.5 hours in the morning and 30 min in the evening (when it is not to hot)... You don't have to take him to classes to practice, you can work on sit, down and stay at home for about 15 min a day and it will help a lot....
A tired dog is much easier to handle...
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My little Sophie was a breeze to train. She would do what I wanted her to 3 or 4 times and then you could almost hear the gears turning in her little head as she figured out how to do what ever we were doing her way!
Sometimes it was stressful and exasperating but most of the time it was out right funny!
Sophie never pottied in the house, but the other stuff like staying just out of my reach while doing the puppy wants to play stance or going in the opposite direction when I called her. You could see the joy in her eyes.
Remember dogs live in the moment. Don't get too upset, enjoy as much of puppy hood as you can.
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I totally agree with Erin, when my dog is bad it is because he is lacking exercise. I find now he needs exercise like walks, and he needs time when we just play frisbee. He also needs a time when we work on his command; heel, haul, sit , come, stay. I think he needs the mental work out also. He needs this daily. If this is missing in these dogs, I think they will act out.
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