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|Sun, 12-27-2009 - 9:11am|
I hope everyone's holidays are going well... the best to everyone in the new year!
The last month or so has brought some big changes at our house, which will eventually lead me to my question... ;) My 25 y/o son has moved back home with us for financial reasons, and brought his 2 y/o lab/rott cross with him. In almost every way, this move has been for the best for Ace because my son has not had the time nor the emotional energy for the last 5 months to give him the time and attention that he needed. (DS is going through a divorce, is on very tight finances, and his living situation from August to November left a LOT to be desired!) Through inexperience with training dogs, my DS really hasn't given the time to training Ace that he should have... he embarked on pet parenthood thinking that dogs should just KNOW how to behave I think. So a month ago I ended up with a poorly trained 2 y/o attention starved lab in my house.
Ace is getting better, if for no other reason than his fur-grandma has been working with him on some basic training things, but he is SUCH an attention hog, and SO intrusive, he's making me crazy!! About the only area that he's well trained in is potty training, and truthfully, that was something of an accident... when DS got Ace, my ex-DIL didn't really want him, and didn't want him wandering around the house and leaving a lot of dog hair on everything, so Ace spent a LOT of time in his crate until 4 months ago - too much time IMO. Every time DS took him out of the crate, the first thing they did was go outside to potty... so he got the message pretty strongly that outside is to potty. Any time I try to work or play with my own dog (25 lb Missy), big old Ace (at 80 lbs) is right there, trying to get between us. If I'm sitting on the couch watching tv, he's right in my face demanding attention. He's constantly underfoot... and he loves to lean on people besides, so I'm tripping over him a LOT. How can I teach him to be less "in your face" with some better manners? He's making me absolutely CRAZY!
Rose, Furmom to