30/05/2018 - Advice
When is Adolescence?
Smaller breeds: 6 -18 months
large/giant breeds: 18 – 36 months
Dogs going through Adolescence have issues and need more support with their:
Focus on handler
Ability to be in distracting environments
Ability to cope with stimulation
Mental & emotional health
Physical and mental exercise
Just like any species going through Adolescence, this time of life is very confusing, sensitive and quite tough for our four-legged family.
Problem behaviours may pop up when your dog is going through Adolescence, these can include but are not limited to:
Territorial related behaviours
Inability to cope with frustration
Becoming more destructive
Aggression towards other dogs/people
Anxiety related behaviours
It is really important that we all play a role in helping our dogs get through this really hard time as safely and as happily as possible.
If you feel yourself becoming frustrated with your dog, if safe, remove yourself for a few minutes, take a deep breath and put the kettle on.
Living with Adolescent dogs can be a nightmare, we all want to help them but get stuck as to how to help them effectively.
Training: When realizing that all your hard work and training is going out of the window, do not fret, it will get better, just go back to the very puppy basics and start again. Start working in low distracting environments, places where your dog WILL get it right and make the right decisions. If your local park is too exciting for your dog, take them somewhere less crowded and more relaxing. Somewhere they have have a good old sniff. Even if this is an on-lead walk or on a long line walk.
If you need any help with your Adolescent dog give me a shout: [email protected]