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Not sure how much longer I can take it.

Started by Scott. Last reply by Laurie, Fudge, and Vern Apr 13, 2018. 16 Replies


Started by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles. Last reply by Sue Ryzdynski Apr 12, 2018. 40 Replies

Leash Aggression At Times

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Apr 20, 2017. 15 Replies

Colour of Nose Changed

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Melissa Apr 19, 2017. 3 Replies

Not so nice to younger dogs

Started by VScott & Lloyd Dec 15, 2016. 0 Replies

Charlie is refusing to walk

Started by Nikki & Charlie. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Sep 29, 2016. 3 Replies

Barking early morning

Started by Rita and Fazzy. Last reply by Marybeth & Yankee Jul 29, 2016. 5 Replies

At my wits end

Started by Susan and Bentley. Last reply by Susan and Bentley Aug 19, 2015. 14 Replies


Started by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles. Last reply by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles Jul 15, 2015. 33 Replies

Nipping when excited / eating shoes

Started by Nikki & Charlie. Last reply by Judith and Addie Feb 4, 2015. 3 Replies

Agression/ Biting goldendoodle

Started by Sarah. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 3, 2015. 9 Replies


Started by Chels*Claud*Midas. Last reply by Sue Ryzdynski Jan 11, 2015. 5 Replies

How to stop a Poop Eater!

Started by Debi and Monty Moose. Last reply by Shawn,Dana, Guinness and Barney Nov 24, 2014. 7 Replies

Jumping Up on Visitors

Started by Lonnie & Libby Lu. Last reply by Rose Mullally Jun 1, 2014. 12 Replies

My dog is guarding me from family and friends

Started by Wendy Adams. Last reply by Wendy Adams Apr 17, 2014. 4 Replies

Protective behavior in my 2 year old doodle

Started by Tobi Greene. Last reply by Tobi Greene Apr 6, 2014. 9 Replies

Stop the Digging

Started by Renee Grogan. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Mar 17, 2014. 18 Replies

Regression in Potty Training

Started by Traci Henry. Last reply by Traci Henry Feb 28, 2014. 3 Replies

Excessive Drooling While Riding in the Car

Started by Melanie & Sasha. Last reply by Patti Engle Feb 9, 2014. 2 Replies

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Comment by LucyR on April 9, 2018 at 9:41pm

...but it has to be done immediately when the growling occurs, just like potty training!  Waiting for 2 minutes, you lose the teaching moment!

Comment by LucyR on April 9, 2018 at 9:40pm

Robin Richardson:  No....growling is not an option.  I am a positive trainer and believe in it, BUT....sometimes a doggie needs to be told "No" and not in uncertain terms.  If he were my  pup, when he growled I would take him by his collar and say in his face "KNOCK IT OFF". and remove him from the situation.  Give him a time out by putting him in another room if necessary.  When Ozzie was a pup, he growled at me when I tried to remove a toy that was dangerous for him.  He growled at me.  He got the above treatment and that was the end of the growling, period.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on April 9, 2018 at 9:33pm

Presley, she should not be warning you or your husband as you are in charge of her not the other way round.  I am not an expert at all but it seems to me that dogs come to some maturity thing at about 2 and many aren't as accepting and also try to assert their dominance.  I would consult a trainer - even an on-line one to get their advice on handling the problem, before it might become a big problem.  Doggy Dan is an on-line trainer that many of us here on Doodlekisses have used. He uses videos so you can actually see what he wants you to do.

Comment by Robin Richardson on April 9, 2018 at 7:58pm

My 2 yr old doodle, Presley, has always let the grandchildren know when she’s had enough by growling at them, not showing teeth. In the last 6 months she has started doing the same with my husband and I if she’s laying down and we try to move her over. The other day I gave her some dodgy ice cream and she growled at me when I tried to take it. She’s never done that! Should I be worried?

Comment by Adina P on February 9, 2014 at 6:49am
Stephanie, WHERE is he at night? In your room? Run of the house? Crate?
Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on February 9, 2014 at 6:29am

2 Years or 2 months? I assumed he was a pup.

Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on February 9, 2014 at 5:27am

How about a nice long walk before bed? That might tire out a pup and the humans. Are you crating him? Maybe try leaving a big stuffed kong in his crate for when he gets up. If he is very young, it might just be something he needs to outgrow. It's just like having a young baby in the house. Like LucyR, how old is he?

Comment by LucyR on February 8, 2014 at 5:41pm

Hi Stephanie,  How old is your pup??

Comment by LucyR on February 1, 2014 at 7:10am

Pam, Monks of New Skete is not so popular anymore and not recommended by most trainers.  Please-no alpha rolls!!!!  You can do much better with other approaches.  There are new totally positive ways to train a puppy that do not utilize dominance and corrections.  I suggest googling Patricia McConnell.  She has a number of excellent dog training books.  The focus now on training puppies (and is a good one, IMO) is building a relationship with your dog in a positive way rather than drill drill drill with exercises.  Compulsive training is no longer well-regarded and may be harmful to your pup.  My favorite is Denize Fenzi of "the dog athlete".  She has a new book out now that focuses on how to build a relationship. Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship. She also has on-line classes that are excellent    We have worked personally with Denise and she is he best teacher/trainer we have ever had.  Karen Pryor and Ian Dunbar are also well-respected experts in dog-training and have published books.  Good luck with the pup. 

Comment by Lynne Fowler-Oodles of Doodles on February 1, 2014 at 4:23am

There is nothing wrong with spoiling our pups but giving them the right early guidance and training, in conjunction with love, will ensure they are the happy and well behaved adult dog that will love you back, forever. In the beginning they are blank slates and early training is very important for them to learn manners and how to get along in the world. They will respect you more with your direction than being allowed to rule to roost. Once they know the basics, of whichever method you choose, they will be happier. Congratulations of your new pup and remember, you have about a year of guidance ahead of you. 


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