4 month old lab who has up till now been pretty good. Sits on command, and stays. Doesn't grab at food. I can take it away. Starting to learn to walk at heel. Going to classes. BUT. Is really "trying me on". When I decide I want her to go outside she openly defies me and my husband. Has become quite a battle. Originally tried the enticement with treats. At times will follow me out if I go out but if she doesn't want to go WELL has now reached the stage that has become confrontational. Husband has grabbed by collar and dragged her out and now I am faced with problem that I cannot clip a lead on her at this time as she pulls backs and nips. At times to the point of near aggression--this I DO NOT WANT. Have tried to do the stand up and hold my space, but she really thinks that it is just a game with her the winner as there is no way that I can control her. She is so spaced out she will no longer sit for me on command and I do not want to lose that. This latest time--I did the turn away and left her to calm down on her own and when settled clipped her lead and led her outside with no problems. Any suggestions people?? I am faced with a left shoulder operation in middle May and would like to think I have a bit more control of her by then. Other than this she is not too bad for a 4 month lab pup! We are starting to enjoy walks without pulling; the coming to heel for me is only a little glimmer but there is definite improvement and we are enjoying what we are doing in classes.
Many thanks--Dusker and "Missy"
I should add--she is not left home alone very often as we are retired--she is not destroying the garden--there is no evidence that she does not like it outside, an both my husband and I spend a lot of time with her when we are outside etc.