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    Default 7 month old black lab male Sudden stubborness

    Like the title says, My 7 month old lab has all of a sudden become hard headed. he was doing fine and we were making good progress and all of a sudden as he approaches his 7 month birthday he feels like he doesn't have to listen to basic obedience. The dog is coming along very nicely. My last dog was a female and didn't go through this. Is this normal or do I need to change something??

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    .Since you're using a 'combination' of Graham and Stewart I'd have no idea where you are in training but either way - tighten up and formalize your obedience work - every day, every way. Every interaction with your dog is a training event. get's worse if he believes you're not the source of his existence.
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    Puppy adolescence. He will go back to his sweetness. Don't change anything or relax the standards. Keep training sessions short, sweet and end on a positive note. If you get frustrated, complete the lesson on a positive note but put him away. Don't want to take your frustration out on him. He is still a baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyC View Post
    Like the title says, My 7 month old lab has all of a sudden become hard headed. he was doing fine and we were making good progress and all of a sudden as he approaches his 7 month birthday he feels like he doesn't have to listen to basic obedience. The dog is coming along very nicely. My last dog was a female and didn't go through this. Is this normal or do I need to change something??
    Yep there are alot of labs that do the same dang thing at that age...LOL... Dang teenagers.
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    Thanks a lot guys. He is a trip, it's hard to get frustrated with him because he has so much personality. He is definitely fitting the bill for an unruly teenager.

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    I'm guessing your last dog did too. Your standards were lower then so you didn't notice.
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    ^^ That might be true too. My last dog, was a good hunter. She would "almost" do it all. She was extremely instinctive and was a natural but I didn't follow a training schedule like I am with this dog. She was easy and soft and responded very well to pressure. This dog, he is hard and bull headed but has the drive and desire. Once you get the point across to him that this is the way it's going to be, and this is how we do it, he is golden.

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    Oh no, not the dreaded stubborn phase. Something like the terrible twos when the pup decides he's way smarter than you. Reinforce your obedience and be regimented in your training regime. This too shall pass.
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    Yeah, and if I recall correctly, it happens again around 18 months. I'm on board with HNTFSH, revisit obedience and hold the standard on everything. Never let him go through the door first.
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    Yeah, happens all the time around 6 or 7 months. Again at 18. Round III at 28 - 30 months. etc. etc. etc.!
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