You've probably realised that puppies are hard work and just as we begin to feel like we're cracking it and doing well with our cute puppy, we are suddenly hit by adolescence - we have a four-legged teenager on our hands!
Every dog teenager will go through this phase differently (just like humans), some will be more challenging whereas others will sail through. During this developmental stage you will need lots of patience and support for your dog. This phase can start anywhere from 5-7 months and depending on the breed/individual will end around 1.5-2.5 years old!
So, what can we expect during this adolescent phase?
During this challenging phase, we often consider neutering/spaying to help 'calm down' our bouncy teenager, however this isn't the always the answer to your troubles, unless the behaviour is due to sexual drive (FYI not all 'humping' is sexual). Do lots of research before considering neutering to ensure it's the right decision for your dog.
Whichever stage you're at in your dog journey we can provide support and knowledge to help you raise a happy dog.
Have you completed our Pawsome Puppies and wondering what's next? Our Puppy progress class is a great progression to continue their training journey.
Is your dog over 8 months old and you need the foundation skills covered? Our Ultimate Dog course is great to brush up on and learn new general life skills.
Would you like more tailored support, our 1-2-1 General Training programme will focus on your preferred training areas at a pace to suit you and your family.
If you're not sure which training option is right for you email or call us to and we'll be happy to help you choose the right option for you.