Basil has always been super high energy and quite headstrong but I am running into trouble getting him to understand "No" and the result is that we are in something of a power struggle,
For example , he has gotten into the habit of digging me and my clothes. As soon as he starts up I tell him No. If he repeats I gently move him back and say No and finally if he does it again he goes down on the floor if we are on the sofa. The result is that he usually tries to mouth on me (Definitely not nip or bite, but I feel this could escalate) as I lift him down and then jump straight back into what he wants to do. Invariably I end up saying No louder and louder which I know doesn't help. If this happens he then jumps around and towards me and barks at me and if I tell him no whilst pointing at him he jumps at my finger. I have ended up putting him in his crate even though I know it shouldn't be a punishment because It was really upsetting me and I didn't want the cheeky thing to see that! hehe
I've tried swapping No for a growl and showing a bit of teeth, he does the same jump towards me, I hesitate to say he lunges at me but maybe it is that?
We practice NILIF and he obeys like a trooper, except when it comes to No. I practice positive reinforcement in all areas but the pup needs to be told when he is doing something that is not acceptable like digging at people or trying to steal our food. He does all the other "non alpha" stuff like lets me walk infront on a loose leash, lets me walk out the door first etc, will roll over for tummy rubs and such, he just freaking hates being told off and acts out!
So I guess I am mainly thinking, is this a dominance issue and does anyone have any ideas to try. I am not massively keen on rolling him over, mainly because anything "handsy" or aggressive like the growl/snarl seems to stimulate him more (My OH puppy wrestles with him and plays with him with out toys, although the pup knows never to try and play with me like that!)