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Old Nov 18, 2013, 09:07 PM
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My seven month old baby has apparently went deaf when it comes to training. He won't do anything for me. Has forgot how to sit, won't dream of heeling, won't do a stay. Things he was doing a few weeks ago. I think it is just a stage he's going through, from what I've read. I don't remember Randy doing this, but Randy hated to train and never trained good in his life. In spite of that he did earn his CGC!

Maybe Casey just needs a break.
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Old Nov 18, 2013, 09:43 PM
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Welcome to the teenage years for your Sheltie. The brain tends to check out for an upgrade about this time and eventually returns good as new.
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Old Nov 18, 2013, 10:30 PM
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I think I saw Fillion flip me off the other day...
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Old Nov 19, 2013, 12:29 AM
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It'll come back. I've had a couple who went off for a while as puppies in training and it came back. My Ember, the dog I taught 10 tricks by 8 weeks old, made an *** of me in puppy class graduation around 6 months old. Her obedience is now very secure, and she is an incredibly brilliant agility dog. She's 4 years old this year.
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Old Nov 19, 2013, 07:36 AM
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Any idea how long his brain will be on vacation? He's such a sweetheart but I know the trainer thinks I don't do a thing with him all week. We train every day, but you sure wouldn't know it in class.
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Old Nov 19, 2013, 07:41 AM
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Welcome to stages of shelties. Ruutu listens one week, then next week he's a complete dumb dumb. Oh, and chasing after females
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Old Nov 19, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Any idea how long his brain will be on vacation? He's such a sweetheart but I know the trainer thinks I don't do a thing with him all week. We train every day, but you sure wouldn't know it in class.
It varies by dogs. While I was training Agility with Ruutu (they don't train in winter months) one woman pointed out dogs go through 9 stages by time they're one. I don't know how accurate that is, but I do notice sometimes Ruutu behaves other times he can't help but be bad and act like he never learned anything. Agility is a real treat because one week he's super puppy and does just as well as others competing then the next week he's afraid of everything.
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Old Nov 19, 2013, 07:56 AM
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I would suggest you take a break from formal training for about a month and just go back to socializing with occasional sits, downs etc. in public places. I find most dogs will go through this and, if pressed about it, will be less enthusiastic in future training endeavors.
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Old Nov 19, 2013, 12:03 PM
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Tagg, We have two more classes, then we're done. I will be glad as I really believe he needs a break. We're going to a different trainer in mid-January so he'll have a bit over six weeks off from training. I am not pushing him at all right now.
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