hi everyone, i have a 12 week old German SHorthaired Pointer who I purchased at 8 weeks from a reputable breeder. The last week or so he has really started to push the boundaries and i don't know whether i am handling it the right way. He is also starting to get to me a bit so would be grateful for some 'pointers' as to what and what not to do.
He has started to get really bossy: bark at me when he is hungry (i ignore him until he calms down and stops barking), push his weight around when he wants to come in (he sleeps inside) by whining and scratching at the door non stop (again ignore him and ask him to sit and wait but he is destroying the door)..and for the last few days has started to think he is the 'alpha' dog by pullling on the lead and walking ahead of me when we go for walks (not so bad as he is not that big but starting to worry about this alot) i have gone to puppy school and am well read on the whole thing with not getting him to pull, but when I stop walking, he just stops and waits and pulls again..so not sure what to do there?
Since day 1 he has "severe " separation anxiety. He gets extremely upset when you leave the room just for a second, leave him alone etc. When I am in the front garden just getting the mail, he starts wailing and crying like he is being tortured and starts trying his best to escape and get over the 6ft fence just to get out. We have got him a large dog run and fill it with bones and toys as we are worried that he will try and escape an hurt himself whilst we are gone.
To be honest, I'm find it a little stressful as I can't be with him all the time and have my 2 toddlers to look after at the same time.
Any ideas would be really appreciated. He is a lovely puppy and my children adore him, but I'm getting very stressed and started to get very annoyed at the puppy (which i shouldn't). I thought I was doing everything right..but somehow I think I'm missing something?