Hi all. I wanted to thank all of you again and give an update on Lennie. We've been working hard in the last month to re-establish our alpha roles, and there's been a lot of improvement! I really don't know how much credit goes to his neutering vs. our efforts, but I'm crediting our efforts.
As he has "sit" down the most consistently, we use that to our advantage -- using it before we throw a toy he wants to chase, before we come inside from a walk, before food, etc. We do our best to nip any manic puppy play states in the bud before they escalate and correct him immediately if he gets nippy. He still has his moments, but it's usually when he's overtired and fighting going to sleep. At those times, we put him in his crate, and he barks maybe once before we hear him snoring in about 30 seconds flat. We don't do time out much anymore, but sometimes if he's just manic, we need to separate him from us or a minute just so he can reset. It seems to work in those cases, so maybe every dog is different?
We think some of our issues with Lennie were due to the fact that he knews how to play well with other dogs, but not so much humans. He got puppy warts a month ago, which has probably been a blessing in disguise because they've kept him from his weekly visits to doggie daycare and home with me all the time. Things aren't perfect, but they don't seem so dire now. We just need to continue doing what we're doing.
I will say that Lennie is a moving target. When we think one thing is under control, he moves on to jumping on the couch or on certain people. But we just keep trying to consistently correct his behavior and reward him when he does what we want him to do. The baby is due next month, and hopefully as we continue to work with him, he'll continue to improve.
Oh in answer to the question about whether he's had training, we took him to puppy kindergarten when he was really young. I think we started him at 15 weeks. We need to look into further obedience classes for him once his warts clear up completely.
What a great update..... stay consistent and good luck