Has your adorable and perfect puppy suddenly started to act like a hooligan? Does it refuse to come when called and really push the limits of what you can take? Don't worry, your puppy hasn't suddenly 'gone bad', it's just being a normal adolescent! Joining a class for adolescent puppies can help you through this difficult phase.
Bringing a new dog into your life can be a wonderful and rewarding experience but it's not without its challenges, especially during puppy adolescence! Adolescence lasts from the period when your puppy starts to become sexually mature to when it becomes a fully fledged adult dog. It's worth remembering that sexual maturity is not the same as adult maturity (known as adult maturation) - they are two different things.
When adolescence starts and ends depends on the breed and size of your dog - little dogs mature faster than large dogs and some of the giant breeds can take up to four years to fully mature! However depending on the dog, adolescence can start anywhere from five to nine months old and can last for six months or more. While castration and neutering might be the right choice for both you and your dog, it won't stop your puppy becoming a 'tearaway teenager'. Don't panic! Basic training and reaffirming your relationship with your puppy can help you get through adolescence and avoid your dog developing serious adult behavioural problems.
My Level 1 Class is perfect for older pups that haven't previously attended a class. We will start with the basics and build up. Your dog will also get a chance to meet other dog and new people.
Besides basic training techniques, we will cover:
Understanding puppy adolescence
Learning why your puppy has gone through a personality change
Training for the stroppy phase
How to avoid creating problems for the future
Worrying behaviours (humping, aggression or just being 'over-the-top')
Keeping your cool
Continued socialisation for your puppy/dog and advice on socialising your dog throughout its life
The cost of attending any of these classes is £60 for a six week course paid in advance.
These classes are not appropriate for dogs that show aggression toward other dogs or humans. If I see that your dog is showing aggression or isn't coping in a class situation, then we will discuss other options.
If you are interested in finding out more about my class or availability, then please get in touch via:
email, text or phone.
You can also fill in my General Enquiries form
on my homepage.
Please note: The Level 1 class is for dogs that have been socialised with other dogs and people.