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I think my 6 month old puppy has entered adolescence. He still obeys all commands 99 per cent of the time but I need to try make myself really interesting and hyped up to fight for his attention.
Any ways, does anyone know whether puppies around this age become more aloof and snappy? My dog has never been a huge fan of cuddles and pets but he seems to dislike them even more nowadays. He just ignores or snaps back if we try petting him. He does enjoy some petting straight after waking up from sleep and will mostly lie down next to me. But whenever I pet him, he will sometimes turn his head around and attempt to bite my hand.

I really think it is because of the stupid noonbarra down stay method which my breeder suggested me to do to my puppy when I first got him. Basically you push the puppy down and release your hand straight away. So I think my dog has had negative experiences with our hands. I stopped this method altogether when he was 16 weeks old because I realized it was a whole bunch of bull sh*t and have ever since used positive reinforcement all the way. Now I'm trying to give him some treats every time I pat him to associate my hands with something positive. I do hand feed him most of the time unless we are doing something like triangle of temptation for dinner or food puzzles.

Have I permanently damaged my dog mentally so he will be aggressive with hands forever or can I turn this around if I continue to treat him when I'm petting? Will he hate affection or grow out of it? I'm a little sad as I really wanted a somewhat affectionate dog that likes petting and cuddles. I hate myself for creating a negative experience for him with my hands and will do anything to fix this situation.

By the way, he has started to ignore my parents when they call his name or try to interact with him. He still responds to me but that is probably because I do all the care and training. My parents spends about 10 minutes with him a day because they are ignorant and irresponsible but is this normal for a dog to respond in such a way to those who don't really spend time with him?

What I'm concerned about is that my dog tries to bite my mum's hand whenever she goes to put the leash on his collar. This is a problem because she will be the one to take him on noon walks when I start work. It is really important that he gets his noon walks with her because he is a working dog so he needs something to do without getting destructive. He has never been destructive because he gets plenty of exercise so I was hoping to continue this even after starting work. I'll be able to be with him from 6- 8:30am then 4:30 - 9pm but between that time, I need my mum to take him on a walk at noon time. The rest of the time, he will have kongs, chews and toys to occupy himself. I volunteered to show her how to put the leash on without getting nipped by him but he rarely does it to me. He hasn't initiated nipping or biting ever since I stopped using the noonbarra method but will do so sometimes when I touch/pat him. I've tried yelping, saying firm no, closing his mouth, standing up and ignoring him and redirecting him with a toy but he still does it.

What should I do? I hope the treat and touch works. Is this part of adolescence?
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I think my 6 month old puppy has entered adolescence. He still obeys all commands 99 per cent of the time but I need to try make myself really interesting and hyped up to fight for his attention.
Any ways, does anyone know whether puppies around this age become more aloof and snappy? My dog has never been a huge fan of cuddles and pets but he seems to dislike them even more nowadays. He just ignores or snaps back if we try petting him. He does enjoy some petting straight after waking up from sleep and will mostly lie down next to me. But whenever I pet him, he will sometimes turn his head around and attempt to bite my hand.

I really think it is because of the stupid noonbarra down stay method which my breeder suggested me to do to my puppy when I first got him. Basically you push the puppy down and release your hand straight away. So I think my dog has had negative experiences with our hands. I stopped this method altogether when he was 16 weeks old because I realized it was a whole bunch of bull sh*t and have ever since used positive reinforcement all the way. Now I'm trying to give him some treats every time I pat him to associate my hands with something positive. I do hand feed him most of the time unless we are doing something like triangle of temptation for dinner or food puzzles.

Have I permanently damaged my dog mentally so he will be aggressive with hands forever or can I turn this around if I continue to treat him when I'm petting? Will he hate affection or grow out of it? I'm a little sad as I really wanted a somewhat affectionate dog that likes petting and cuddles. I hate myself for creating a negative experience for him with my hands and will do anything to fix this situation.

By the way, he has started to ignore my parents when they call his name or try to interact with him. He still responds to me but that is probably because I do all the care and training. My parents spends about 10 minutes with him a day because they are ignorant and irresponsible but is this normal for a dog to respond in such a way to those who don't really spend time with him? I honestly feel little sympathy for my parents who are disappointed and confused as to why the dog doesn't love them and listen to them. He loves my boyfriend more because we always take him out on trips and different new places. I've warned them about this many times but they didn't listen to me because they think all dogs are suppose to love their people unconditionally and now they are paying the price for neglecting him. I will be taking him with me after I buy my own house anyway so it's not a huge concern that he isn't close to them. I just don't want him to show rudeness and aggression to anyone, especially the attempt to snap at my mum's hands.

What I'm concerned about is that my dog tries to bite my mum's hand whenever she goes to put the leash on his collar. This is a problem because she will be the one to take him on noon walks when I start work. It is really important that he gets his noon walks with her because he is a working dog so he needs something to do without getting destructive. He has never been destructive because he gets plenty of exercise so I was hoping to continue this even after starting work. I'll be able to be with him from 6- 8:30am then 4:30 - 9pm but between that time, I need my mum to take him on a walk at noon time. The rest of the time, he will have kongs, chews and toys to occupy himself. I volunteered to show her how to put the leash on without getting nipped by him but he rarely does it to me. He hasn't initiated nipping or biting ever since I stopped using the noonbarra method but will do so sometimes when I touch/pat him. I've tried yelping, saying firm no, closing his mouth, standing up and ignoring him and redirecting him with a toy but he still does it.

What should I do? I hope the treat and touch works. Is this part of adolescence?
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