eibbed Posted September 1, 2014 Report Share Posted September 1, 2014 I've been reading the boards for a while now but I've never needed to post before as all my questions are answered in other posts. It really is an amazing resource for BC owners. I have a 14 month old male split-face BC, he's a wonderful dog. We've had him since he was 12 weeks old so he's very much at home here. Recently though he's developed some odd behaviours which I have a feeling it might be the dreaded teenage phase but your opinions would be very helpful. First thing in the morning he comes out of his crate has a 2 minute fuss before we go outside for a run around so he can empty his tanks. He gets a treat outside and everything is perfect until we come back into the house. Normally we come back inside he gets another treat (usually a couple of duck straps) something to drink and we're set for the day. Recently though that's changed. Currently he comes back into the house and growls when I give him his treat. His tail is down and his movements very stiff and slow. He takes his treats under the pool table to eat them or the far side of the room. Unfortunately he's also started ignoring my wife or treating her warily which she finds upsetting as she loves the dog. He normally bounds up to her for a fuss when she comes in but currently he looks at her and walks away. Mac has a lovely nature and is healthy, hairy and active. We do a lot of mileage outside, we fenced in 7 acres for him to run in and I work from home so we go out often. Our routines haven't changed in any way and we try to ignore this behaviour as we practice the positive reinforcement method for training which tells you to ignore bad behaviour completely and reinforce the good. Any thoughts ? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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