I am the very PROUD parent of Teddy. Teddy is our amazing 6 month old, 39 pound, F1B Goldendoodle. Teddy has many talents and can do four great impersonations:
His 1st impersonation is that of a teddy bear, hence one of his nicknames, "Teddy Bear". He has mastered the ability to be very cuddly and loving and OH! those brown button teddy bear eyes he gives just melts your heart.
His 2nd impersonation and nickname at times is Houdini - The great magician! Teddy is known to retrieve items that you had no idea were in his reach or sight. He has managed to get behind closed doors and into invisible (to the human eye) baskets. Three weeks ago, during what seemed to be a rerun of the movie "The Exorcist" (throwing up three pairs of socks one right after the other) and a trip to our wonderful Vet on a Sunday morning, Teddy had emergency surgery. What appeared to be a treasure full of foreign objects in his stomach turned out to be my daughter's dance tights that was stuck in his small intestines, backing up in to his stomach. It was terrifying! But thanks to my wonderful vet, Teddy, is back to his old self (minus some hair on his leg and tummy). Although, we thought we were great about keeping objects out of his reach and doors to the bathroom, laundry room and bedrooms closed, his magician side took over. It is absolutely amazing what this dog can conjure up!
His 3rd impression is that of an antagonist and can be very mischievous. Hence his third nickname of "Teddy the Terror". He loves being mischievous getting into things he shouldn't. For example: my new magazines and shredding them before I even have a chance to read them. BTW, other than eating socks and tights, magazines are the only things he shreds. It's been a while since he's done that but mostly because now they are kept up REALLY high. The antagonizer because he is truly the epitome of the annoying little 2 year old brother to our 14 year old daughter and myself - never my husband. We will be just sitting and he will come up to us and start head butting us, snapping at us, growling at us and biting us. I would like to add a side not that Teddy has NEVER been hit by us. We discipline him in the same way we disciplined our GR, we take them by the scruff and lay them on their back. For most things, this works wonders on Teddy, but not in this department. For my husband it is great, but not always for my daughter and myself. Also, we have toys on stand by at all times, however, the aggressive play and attention seeking is becoming a little concerning and sometimes endless. We have three grandsons and Teddy thinks they are friends of his own kind and size coming to play. We really need to nip this aggressive play in the butt now before he becomes too old.
His 4th impersonation is that of a Prince. Teddy is in the making of becoming a great King one day, leading his human people into the direction he foresees for us. Although we try very hard to reign him back in, he is very powerful, willful, and determined. Needless to say, we recently purchased a lead harness for his walks. Even though it's only been two days since we had it and he (for obvious reasons) hates it, we will still give it a try a bit longer.
With all of that being said, Santa needs help! Teddy is our second family dog. Our first was Bella, a beautiful and wonderful golden retriever. Everyone would come to the house and say, you will never find another dog as great and good as her. However, I have the belief that all dogs are great and good. They just need the love and support to help them along. My issue now is that I've tried all the techniques, play toys to keep him busy, walks and exercise that I know of (except a trainer) and have used for Bella, on Teddy. He has a large fenced in yard that he can run free and play in with toys to keep him actively busy. But, like children, all dogs are different and all have their own unique ways of learning and obeying.
Does anyone have any suggestions and or recommendations to help me help my Teddy. Is it too late for an obedience trainer?