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Chili is your average puppy (he will be 1 in january) & he was taught the basic commands sit, stay & all that but he has now decided that he doesnt want to do what he is told. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on retraining him? Do I start from scratch or just what he is having issues with? He has also decided that it would be fun to eat the christmas tree & all the decorations (R.I.P my snowman merry bean) so I have decided the only thing to do is to keep him crated or on his harness & leash to keep him with me at all times.
 

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I've heard that a lot of dogs go through this phase. Kind of like a teenager or something. I went through it with Sammie. (I didn't really train Stewie till last year & haven't really done much with Gracie either, so I can't say for them! As far as the sit, stay, down stuff goes anyways). I just started going through everything with her again, concentrating more on what she was having major issues with. It was definitely frustrating! Thinking you have a trained dog that all of a sudden "doesn't know anything"! lol Good Luck! :)
 

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Tofu was like that too. rebellious stage i guess :)
To have him not to forget what we've taught him, everytime i give him treats, or toys i make sure he does one or sometime all of the commands. if he refuse or doesn't do it properly i won't give it to him until he does it right. it get to the point where he does it even he's not told to. whenever he see a treat he would sit and/or roll over :)
 

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Im glad to hear that others have had this same experience. I think that alot of Chilis stubborness could be from his bad byb Ive heard that if a dog is overbred it can lead to discipline problems with the puppy Im not sure if this is true or not though. Tonight I took him out to potty & then he came back inside looked right at me & peed on the wall!! & when I called him he ran from me!! He is such a butt sometimes!!! I told him tonight that if I hadnt spent so much money on him his little chi butt would be in another home!!! I of course didint mean it though but it made me feel better to tell him that! Silly I know!
 

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oh joy...THAT age...welcome to the "terrible twos" its esentially the same stage most toddlers go through when they KNOW what there supposed to do...but like to test the boundries.
ive found the squirt bottle tends to be a good, none harmfull "punishment"
with dodger the tree last year was a great source of interest...it was the worlds coolest indoor potty plus it had cool shiney things he could knock off and play with.
so i got out the handy dandy squirt bottle, and did "boundry training" i placed a skirt around the base of the tree that was widerthan the branches, and a very different colour from the carpet itself...then i waited, everytime he steped even a foot on the skirt he got a single squirt and a no...after 4 squirts hed realized hes not to step on that red mat and didnt go neer the tree...

this is a very rebellious stage especially n chis...so i do reccomend not only breaking out the good treats but the quirt bottle or can of coins. (both of whihc provide poitns fo distraction whne he misbehaves and arnt realy punishments)

and basically for now "train" him the same way you did in the beginning...it shoudl pass fairy quickly!
 
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