Not gonna lie dog training has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Lylah is now 7 months old and is still growing and learning every day. With us bonding on the road for ten weeks its been a difficult transition from the go go go life to this life of staying still. Of course, I'm doing my best to make it easier by going on long walks, taking her to the gym with me, hanging out with my client's dogs, and just generally being around her as much as I can and getting her energy out. Of course with this difficulty staying still also means that she has this idea that she can try and challenge me as alpha. Now I know that this will be an ongoing thing for at least three to four years. The breeds she's mixed with all have this age where they will suddenly backtrack on their training to see what they can get away with.
For Lylah she is learning the hard way that I won't allow that. She really does try her hardest to push me and to see how far she can push but with the training I've been putting forward, she hasn't had much success. I'm not afraid to make my stance and to make sure she knows I'm in charge. Not my friends, not my dad, and certainly not my boyfriend.
Now I'm not saying she doesn't listen at all, she does and I'm starting to trust her more but it is a process. Puppies aren't like humans, you have to be on top of them at all times to get them to understand what you want them to know. You have to lay down the law constantly and make sure that nobody is giving any room for them to make the decisions.
So far Lylah is doing well and I'm excited to see how she is down the road and I am considering sending her off with a personal trainer when she is around a year old so that her training can be more refined but for now, I will take what I have. She is growing up to be a wonderful best friend.
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