@kayrahbear - I'm glad you brought this up. Bo is suffering from "second child syndrome" - he gets away with SO MUCH MORE than Bea ever did at his age. We were in a series of puppy classes - three total to be exact (because I thought it was fun) and I was "on her" for jumping behaviors and other unwanted crap. Bo gets away with murder and now Bea is starting to be a little arsehole to compete with Mr. Big Pants. Yesterday, no kidding, they MOLESTED the gardener guy. Oh sure, he asked for it....but well behaved dogs would NOT jump on a little old man, knock him backward and then proceed to lick his face into oblivion. Oh sure. He loved it but com'on. I gotta get a grip on this. Seriously. With all the time on my hands, these two should be trained like that Riddick dog in the other thread - who, was very inspiring by the way. Bo knows "High Five" like you wouldn't believe - but that's IT. I gotta get off the pott here!
I believe you can teach an old dog new tricks. I just lack general patience with ANYTHING. It's me that has the problem - not the dogs. I have to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate my energy to maintain something akin to "calm assertive" but boy - it's a struggle for me. I can tell you though, that when I do that - really, genuinely DO THAT, my dogs behave so much better for me. But it's a struggle. I get frustrated and give up to quickly. They're so cute! hahahahahaha
I hope we get some wisdom here, @kayrahbear! I need me some!
If you've not seen this, it's Bo's one big trick: http://youtu.be/TMKSFFJeQ0E My daughter made the video when we were on vacation in September.