Re: When will it be over?
above all stay calm and controlled, Ruby at 20 mths is only just older than Miles, never try and train after a bad day at work. When Ruby tries getting bossy I turn my back on her, raising my voice achieved zilch, then I say "are you steady yet?" she'll plonk her bum to the floor and I'll wait a few seconds telling her gently and calmly "goood steady" before giving her a rib/chest tickle. Same as when the postie comes up the garden path, rather than barking a "down" command (she gets on the sofa back to bark at him through the window) I just say "Ruby, steady", she comes down at once, itching to get back up on the sofa back, but as she sits I keep telling her calmly, "goood steady". This approach really does seem to be paying off. I think you've got to keep a good controlled voice throughout that way your dog can't wrest control.
"never argue with stupid people, they may drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience"..Mark Twain
Ruby's d.o.b. 21/6/2011,,Lyharr Grouse Shot d.ob. 7/01/2015