Posted by Krazy Dandelion, 22 September 2012 · 2,240 views
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This past July we adopted our sweet, loving, adorable TUFF from the local Humane Society, after having to put down our faithful family pet of 17 years. Our former dog Kooper was Australian Shepard/Cocker Spaniel mix and the most delightful, calm, smart dog ever.
Tuff is black lab mix-- possibly with some chesapeke, as his coat is wavy and he has a white patch on his chest. He immediately stole our heart and as a 3 and 4 month old puppy, he minded his manners, listened (fairly well), walked nicely on walks, and was easy to train. It seems as if the older he gets, the more stubborn and crazy he becomes! We had him neutered 3 weeks ago and since then, he's been absolutely nuts! Yesterday he chewed the exhaust vent, that comes out of our basement bathroom, completely OUT of our vinyl siding, he broke his collar, chewed his leash in 1/2 while he was tied outside, and over the past few days... it seems like he's completely lost his mind. He jumps, bites, and chews everything in sight.
I know that we are a major part of the problem because we don't walk him daily and he's kenneled during the day while we're at work. As he gets bigger (he weighs 35# now and is approaching 6 months old) it seems as if he's misplaced his brain & is in the process of losing all of his manners (what few he learned at first) and he's just really beginning to be a naughty, naughty dog.
In no way have I considered getting rid of him, as I know he's just a puppy and doesn't know better, but I need some tried and true advice from those of you who have lived through this "phase" with your lab, on how to get through this stage of Tuff's life without losing my mind!
We switched him from a collar to a harness for walking (not sure if I should just leave that on him all the time, instead of a collar) and we now have to tether him to the clothesline pole so we can keep him away from the house where he can chew things out of the vinyl siding. The problem with that is... he wraps himself around the pole and gets himself stuck on a short chain when we're at work.
Any and all advice you can send my way would be MOST WELCOME!!! If you have some lab-wisdom that you'd be wililng to share or advice, please reply back here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuff and we thank you!