Family doesn't respect limitations I set for puppy?

asked 2018-04-03 19:17:17 -0500

4 month old golden retriever pup. I have clear rules and limitations, but I feel that my family members don't respect them. I do not want to say things like "Never feed the dog," but this leniency backfires when someone unknowingly rewards a begging behavior or an invasion of space. I don't want to tell people "Don't ever horseplay with him," but again this backfires when the my sister gives him a belly rub, oblivious to the fact that he's nipping her skirt. Again, this applies to many things, such as jumping, nipping, hyperactive energy, or dominant behavior. I feel constant anxiety at these things, and my frustration is clear in the corrections I give people. I know this is counterproductive, that my agitated energy only frustrates my dog and my friends, but I am unsure how to proceed. Do I let the behaviors continue with trust in the knowledge that my dog will one day respect me enough to spread his limitations to those that associate with me? Or do I have to worry about the unintended attentions to my pup's naughtiness?

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From the perspective of someone who trains dogs, definitely keep clear boundaries with your family. If bad behaviors are rewarded, whether they are intentionally or unintentionally done, you may see that as he grows older, he will continue with poor behaviors.

Diana B.'s profile imageDiana B. ( 2018-04-06 21:03:39 -0500 )edit

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me any messages with questions you may have.

Diana B.'s profile imageDiana B. ( 2018-04-06 21:04:21 -0500 )edit