I have heard that some dogs go through a bit of a rebellious stage at about 18 month, almost like being a teenager? Would anyone agree? The past few months with Jake, my 15 month old Border Collie have been a dream, it was like he just wanted to be with me and obey me. I was delighted our obedience classes and hard work seemed to be paying off.
More recently, the past few weeks, he has been "naughty" - on walks he has started to run off and ignore my calls to return until he is ready - he's scaring me to death in case he runs off and gets lost or hurt. It is just one big game to him. I have gone back to walking him with his lead on most mornings and in situations where he may run off (to people he knows etc) a firm no, then praise when he doesn't.

Off lead in the woods he will occasionally run off and lay down quite a way away, almost daring me to not fetch him - and if I do go to him, he decides it's time to run off and play chase (which I have never encouraged). I do get him back but only after a "game". I can hardly just leave him!!
Any other ideas? And more to the point, how long, if it exists, does this teenage period last? I just don't seem to be able to get him to focus on me, even by saying his name he will mostly just ignore me. He's clever enough to know when it might be worth his while paying attention, but it always seems to be on his terms.

In his more angelic state I signed up for an 8 weeks beginners agility course and we went to the first class last night. He was pretty good though wanted to play play play but then it is something new and exciting. I intend to stick at it just to give him more opportunity to learn to behave and obey in the company of other people and dogs (and have fun too of course).
Just wondered if anyone else had similar experience.

Cheers,
Lynda
I have heard that some dogs go through a bit of a rebellious stage at about 18 month, almost like ... other people and dogs (and have fun too of course). Just wondered if anyone else had similar experience. Cheers, Lynda

Lynda,
I hope that is the case. Our Lab/Golden mix is 15 months old and going through the same thing. When she goes in the back yard, she often refuses to come when called. She prefers to look for squirrels.

At night, she has started wanting to go outside to "explore" at midnight and again at 2AM. We thought she had to releive herself at first, but are now telling her to be quiet.
I know it is spring with new sounds and scents. Maybe that is some of it.
Anyway, we've stepped up our obedience making her "sit" and "down" and "come" as much as we can when she is in the mood to do so. When she refuses, she gets a "time out" in her crate. We've also doubled the distance of our daily walks.
I expect that will pass. I understand they are not fully matue until they are 2 & we'll probably miss *some* of the puppy antics then.

Good Luck,
Don S
I have heard that some dogs go through a bit of a rebellious stage at about 18 month, almost like ... to know when it might be worth his while paying attention, but it always seems to be on his terms.

What you are describing won't magically fix itself at a certain age. You will need to invest time and training to fix the problem. He's trained you to allow him to stay off lead and play chase with him when he isn't ready to go home.
Because of the breed of the dog, I wonder if he needs more mental stimulation than he gets. How many hours a day does he spend "working" (or training)?
I have heard that some dogs go through a bit ... attention, but it always seems to be on his terms.

What you are describing won't magically fix itself at a certain age. You will need to invest time and training ... if he needs more mental stimulation than he gets. How many hours a day does he spend "working" (or training)?

Hi,
I have re-posted under "Mental Stimulation" today and would be grateful if you got chance to read and respond.
Thanks
Lynda