06-22-2016, 09:22 PM
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My dog suddenly started acting out
I have a male lab mix, about 2 years old. We adopted him about 9 months ago and have taken him to training. He completed puppy 1 & 2 and was doing great. So smart, taught him to sit, lay, and shake in a week. He was doing great up until a couple weeks ago, very excitable but not uncontrollable. Then suddenly he started barking when we go to take him for a walk. In the morning when i wake yp and start to get ready he runs full speed around my apartment then when i grab his leash he starts barking and wont stop. I have tried several things like leaving the room when he barks (he stops barking but starts as soon as I come back) treats work to quiet him down but i dont want him to learn that if hes a brat he gets a treat. Jumping up has also gotten worse as well as nipping and his behavior in the crate (he has seperation anxiety. He was doing good to the point where he wouldnt even cry in the crate but now hes back to screaming)
I have heard or "puppy rebellion" but always thought of it as a joke. Is this normal? How do i correct the behavior.
I do exercise him regularly. We run every morning and take 2-3 decent walks a day. Hes always tired when he gets home and sleeps.