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My little devil remains extremely full of energy. Loves to bring in sticks and chew them despite having about 20 chew toys. 99% crate trained at this point. Any accidents I get could have been prevented by being more aware as an owner, imo. Fights going into his crate a bit still. For a while I had it mostly worked out, but too often I get him to go in and shut the door. I need more time where I treat him in and let him come in and out w/ out closing him up.
Exercise - The past few days he's had some solid exercise periods. It's really pooped him out and he slept for 3/4 of the day after being at the dog park for 45 minutes. Was him, 2 labordoodles and a corgi. He got to jump, fight, chase etc for 45 minutes. Seems to be doing a lot better around other dogs now. As much as I like the dog park for socializing, I wont be going back anytime soon. He's off leash and ignores me more (tons of distractions and smells) And its directly across the field i've been using to train. The training session after he played there a day prior, i had rotated my stickman and they had backs to the fenced dog park. He was distracted the whole time and it wasn't his best session.
He still comes totally unglued near small children. About ages 2-8. They want to pet him, or he wants to go to them and he pulls so hard on his leash and tries to jump/scratch that I have to hold him around the chest to restrain him. Not sure how to get him to calm down on this, perhaps with age. Perhaps I need a nice 6 year old kid that wants to be a chew toy for a few hours -lol.
Question for the experienced:
On land retrieves now and then he does a slow approach to the bumper. Doesnt really give up, but almost stalks it. First time I thought he couldnt see the bumper. Then I thought too far (had a few at 40 yards). But yesterday, we tossed some 15-20 yards, first 2 bumpers he charges so hard he falls over trying to pick them up. The 3rd he ran out 10 feet and then started to move super slow toward the bumper. I encouraged w/ some yelling/excitement and he picked up the pace. This 3rd bumper was thrown close to a tree line, but not in it. It was on short grass and very visible and close range.
Why does he do this? Is this lack of drive? Too much training? Something else?