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Isn’t 6 Months Old the Age Where A Lot of Dogs Get Taken to Shelters?

Remy, don’t push it.

It might be a myth that 6 months is the age where dogs are more likely to get dropped off at shelters, I don’t know.

But … this is the age where they’re past the cute puppy stage. They might seem a little rebellious.

They’re strong and usually untrained. More serious behavioral problems start to emerge if they’re going to. Things like leash aggression, possessiveness, separation anxiety.

Remy the crazy puppy

I’m frustrated with Remy much of the time. He pulls on the leash, jumps on people, pees when he’s excited.

Last week we passed a couple with their pug in a narrow entryway and Remy did his “kangaroo hop” on his hind legs trying to get to them WHILE PEEING! Dear God.

On puppy class “graduation night” he ripped the trainer’s evaluation sheet right out of her hand and shredded it.

He has little impulse control, bites when he’s excited, yips in his kennel at 5 a.m. We can hike with him off-leash for an hour and he never gets tired.

So do any of you still want a puppy? 🙂

It helps to take note of the good moments.

My puppy has a nice temperament. He’s not overly assertive, not at all timid. My puppy loves every single person he meets – all ages, men, women, kids. Likewise, he loves every dog he meets.

Even when older dogs get grumpy, he respects their space and backs off, wagging his little stub tail.

He has a solid “leave it.” It’s his best command.

While he does get up early, he sleeps all night without a peep.

He allows us to take away items from his mouth and to reach into his food bowl. He is not aggressive to our cats or our senior dog and hopes they will someday play or cuddle with him. Yet to be determined.

Remy and Beamer

Remy rides nicely in the back seat of my car, doesn’t try to climb into the front.

He doesn’t seem to know he could hop right over the baby gate and doesn’t try. He hasn’t destroyed anything other than our leather leashes, which of course was my fault.

He’s getting better at “stay” and can sometimes stay for 2 minutes or so in the living room. That might not sound like a lot, but I’m proud of my high-energy guy.

He can walk as long as we’d like (I have yet to tire him out). He stays close when off leash. And he cooperates for pictures.

My weimaraner puppy Remy

He lets us touch his paws, ears, nose, tail. He gets silly and squirms but is not aggressive.

He hangs out quietly in my office when I blog or work. He has an off switch, settles in and naps.

He’s resilient, not afraid of anything. Unfazed by firm corrections. If I lose my temper, he just wags his tail and licks my hand, like, hey don’t be so serious!

He’s potty trained! I think it’s been about a month since his last accident.

He’s in the “middle of the pack” with other dogs, almost on the slight submissive side but in a good way. He’s easygoing and friendly, plays gently with the shy or smaller dogs, does not challenge the more assertive dogs.

Remy is a very good dog. We’ve boarded him overnight a few times, and while he did just fine away from us, I missed him.

Yes, I have a LOT of work ahead still, but if you struggle with your puppy or dog like I do, know that it’s normal.

It’s a work in progress for me too. I can always make improvements. And it’s more about improving my own attitude than it is about “improving” my dog.

I think how lucky I am to get to help the pup in front of me learn to be a good dog.

Remy … I’ll get there!

In the meantime, well … we’ll try to be patient with one another.

Weim pup Remy

What challenges are the rest of you facing with your dogs at the moment?

2019 update: Remy is a 3-year-old “adult” now and overall a pretty good boy although still a goofy, playful guy!

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Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Oh my gosh, this brings back memories, lol! It's so easy to forget about all those puppy frustrations but it sounds like Remy's coming right along and there are so many more positives than frustrations. You two make a great team!


Thursday 1st of September 2016

You got my attention at the 1st line. It was the exact line that I used on my dog. I could relate to most of what you had experienced. Like how I had to ensure that my dog doesn't pull too much while on leash. Or how she decides to chase after birds instead of cats. Indeed, she is afraid of cats more than anything else!


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

"Remy did his “kangaroo hop” on his hind legs trying to get to them WHILE PEEING!" Hahahaha! I'm sorry, this must have been so embarrassing for you, but it's hilarious!

You're doing a great job teaching him about life and managing your frustrations too. Hang in there!

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Oh my god, it was so embarrassing! Haha!

Kathy Heller

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I I had to laugh reading the things Remy does. Ten years ago had two labs, sisters that had been together since the womb. When they were the same age Remy is my husband was in the hospital, left one evening to run in his room, run out, they could not be trusted :-) When I got home yes they were behind the gates even though the gates were on the floor but in the living room on the floor were remains of something I would have sworn was not in my house. Sarah said she didn't do anything and Honey said Sarah did. I finally figured out the remains wereof a fireplace broom, who knew :-) Sarah ate a whole chair and dug holes in the yard but not to just dig, she knew there would be a rock there and she was always right???? They were wonderful fur kids and lost them both in one week, was a very bad time.

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Aww, I'm sure you have so many memories of those two sweet girls.

Dawn Ross

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I've always found the first two years to be the most challenging. I remember how I'd come home from work and find Sephi had found something new to chew on. Then sometime after age two, I realized I could leave my shoes or other things out without any more worry. I remember how I had to clean pee from Maya's kennel at least twice a week even though I let her out often and I seldom locked her in because I worked from home. Then after age two, cleaning only took place once a month but only because of dirt. I remember how I was constantly burying holes Pierson had dug in the yard. Then after age two, I realized my shovel was getting rusty because I forgot to put it away some months ago. I can see how there is a tendency for people to give up their dogs up before they mature. But if they'd just hang on for a little longer, most dogs grow out of these annoying behaviors.


Thursday 1st of September 2016

Dawn, my breeder has always said two is the magic age. Train consistently to age two and there's a switch that flips. I found that to be strangely true. She has always been a good dog, but there were some things that just magically started dropping off as we approached that two year mark. We've been able to stop crating her since she turned two.