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Hello, I'm new here.. I have a cute 6 month old Boston Terrier named Felix, who is a handful sometimes.

He is currently in the process of being trained (Or should I say, we are being trained on how to train him!). He can sit, lay down, he is working on "stay", is walking better on a leash. Its a constant work to get him off the couch, and not to jump on people, not to play by biting. We have to constantly enforce it, and not give in to his game. He's been good for the most part, but either forgets, or just tries to test us other times.

We will not take him outside without a leash, as when he gets too excited he takes off, and the litter bugger is a fast one. We are now also answering the door with him on leash to teach him not to jump up/greet people at the door. It also prevents him from going out unleashed. I know we are teaching (or trying to) him the right things.

My problem lies here:

We are leaving for CA for 5 nights starting Wednesday. We had made arrangements for my fiance's children, who love Felix, to watch him for the week, along with his ex wife.

I am afraid, and I know, that the training we are working on will not be fully enforced. If he keeps jumping on the couch, they will eventually be like "Okay, you can stay up here..." My fiance has told her that he's being trained to do certain things, and trained not do certain things, and she said she doesn't agree entirely with that, because a dog needs to "have a mind of their own."

From what he says, his ex will probably follow our directions, since he is not hers.... but a big problem is going to be with the kids' grandmother, who likes to feed her dog table scraps, etc, which is a big no-no for Felix. He does not beg... (the only thing he begs for at the table is for to be petted). She might even encourage the kids to take Felix off the leash and let him run around outside, but they won't be able to catch him if he does. (I'm a runner and I can't most of the time). They have 4 acres UNfenced property, and one of the last dogs ran off, into the road and got hit and killed by a car.

Assuming he's kept on a leash outside and doesn't get lost/hurt... if what we've been doing with training is not enforced is it going to be reversed? I don't want to start at sqaure one when we come back. Its already been a lot of work, using a lot of patience.

I don't want to disappoint my fiance's kids, and say they can't have him that week, but as a worried "mommy", something isn't sitting right... I would almost feel better boarding him at the Dog Resort in town...

So how long does it take for what I've been teaching Felix to be reversed? Am I worrying over nothing?
 

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Ok, a lot of it depends on individual dogs. One of the questions I get asked is that if the kids play with dogs after training will that ruin training for whatever adults are working the dog. Dog's are pretty sharp they know who and what and where they can get away with stuff. Just start up when you get back and in all probability everything will continue where you left off, the 1st day may be a tad jiggly. Now that being said the training I do has more negative stuff tossed in than what you are doing, so there can be a difference.

I do not like the chance of somebody turning loose my young puppy on 4 acres (which really isn't a very large area) as your fairy tale trip could turn into a scary tale if harm comes to pup. I'm also not into x-wife having anything to do with program but that's just paranoid me. If it were my pup I would be looking for a boarding establishment as there are just too many possible problems. Not the training end but the care end of it. Look at another future possible program that you will fix before it is a problem. Get your pup into a boarding kennel while he is young and can adapt now because sometime in the future you may have an emergency and nobody to take care of your dog. Why not break him in now as it will be a learning experience for him. You ask for references as any good establishment should have more references than you have time to call.
Good Luck and welcome to forum.
 

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If you feel uneasy about the situation of four acres of open property and the dog running off then by all means board the dog where he will be safer.

In addition to complete the "Odd couple" upon your return start looking for another Boston Terrier named Oscar. :D
 
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