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I have a 2-year-old border collie/black lab mix who is normally an absolute dear.We adopted her from the Humane society (where she had spent 8 months) at about 14 months old, and she has been super sweet and well behaved.

However, recently she has started "woofing" at us when she wants attention, and has stopped sleeping through the night, waking me up at 4 am to go outside. She has also gotten really pushy, ramming her head up under your hands if she wants to be petted and getting up in your face if you ignore her. Obviously, this behavior is unacceptable.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to what may have caused this change in behavior? Could she have picked up these new habits from another dog? Any thoughts on how to break her of them? We both need a full night's sleep!
 

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First thing would be to get a full check up as there are medical issues that can cause sudden behavior changes. Make sure you explain the behavior changes to the vet so s/he can keep that in mind during the exam and any testing.

If there isn't a medical reason for her behavior change, then look at her environment. Have there been any changes in her routine? Anything new in her environment? Is she getting the same amount of exercise and training as usual?

If her inappropriate behavior is mostly of the attention seeking variety, the best thing to do is simply ignore it. Don't tell her no, push her away, or acknowledge her in any way, just leave. It will probably get worse before it gets better, unfortunately. You could also try something like a "nothing in life is free" until she understands that doing what you want is the way to get what she wants. Basically, you establish and teach her the rules and if she follows them, she gets rewarded with your attention. It can be taken too far, but you can adapt for your particular situation. Here are a few resources

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Should You Use “Nothing in Life Is Free” with Your Dog?
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