The Adolescent Dog
Remember that cute little puppy you brought home a few months ago? Where did he go?
The dog between 6 and 18 months of age is not quite an adult but no longer a young puppy. Just because they are ‘full size’ doesn’t mean their brain is fully developed. It may even seem all the work that you have put into his training has gone up in smoke. No worry, tho, your sweet puppy is still in there, he is just growing up and going thru that ‘awkward phase’ that many trainers refer to as the Brat Zone, the adolescent. Here are a few tips to get thru this time.
I promise this is temporary. Talk to a trainer who is experienced and uses reward based training to help if you need to get a handle on wayward behaviors before they become a real problem.
10/7/2019 01:09:30 am
Thanks, Ronda. I needed this reinforcement and encouragement that Gus's enthusiasm for focusing on other dogs and socializing instead of obeying the commands he KNOWS so well is normal. I was thinking today, "WTF??? Gus knows wait; recall; sit; down; leave it, etc. Except when he is supposed to perform the commands during class!! Sigh.
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