Adolesence- Training Teenagers!

As your puppy starts to get around six months of age, you’ll discover that your puppy has grown into a……. teenager! We have our Kennel Club Bronze Classes which are designed especially for teenagers and beyond!

 

This is the period that many owners don’t anticipate as they often expect their dogs will slip seamlessly from being a puppy into being an adult, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

There is a reason why the most common age for dogs being given to rescue centres to be rehomed is between 6 – 18 months old, and this is because adolescence can be a tricky time.

With a little knowledge, preparation and a fair bit of patience however, you will find that you can deal with all the issues that living with a teenage dog can bring, and you can both sail through it and out the other side with your relationship and your sanity intact!

Canine adolescence starts at different times for difference breeds and can last for varying lengths of time. Smaller breeds tend to hit their teenage phase earlier than larger breeds who develop more slowly…

During this period, there are several developmental processes at work. Puppies start to become more independent. At this age, they are beginning to look at the world as an adult rather than as a puppy! And so rather than relying on you for security, they are more likely to go “self-employed”. This can often mean that their instinct is to listen to you less, wander further from you when on walks, and less likely to respond to you when you call- No matter how good their recall was before! Sometimes it may seem like they have never been taught a recall at all!

What will the five week course cover?

The importance of life skills on a weekly basis along with the Kennel Club Syllabus for the Bronze Award

  • Reliable recall

  • Boundary games and learning to remain still!

  • Loose lead walking and off lead walking

  • Regaining focus, control and confidence

  • Gate manners and lots more!

  • Questions and answers throughout the course

  • Full email back support during the course

  • Last session  - Covering your particular training concerns. 

Contact us for details of our next Bronze Courses for Teenagers!
Held in Hale, Sway and Christchurch