Ask any parent about adolescence – a very challenging period apparently?! This is true for humans and canines alike.
I could drone on for ages about second fear imprint periods, hormones, effects on different parts of the brain etc. But I want to keep this short, relatable, and to be honest something people want to read & have the time to read!
So…..your previously angelic “class swot” puppy hits 9 months (or earlier/or later) & it all apparently goes to pot! You have done everything “by the book”, you’ve been to the classes, you’ve read loads of articles and books, you’ve listened to seasoned dog owners – you just cannot understand why, why, WHY?! Your dog suddenly won’t “Down Stay” or your previously perfect recall is all of a sudden quite hit or miss?
It feels extremely unfair; you feel a bit down in the mouth & frustrated to be honest. You haven’t changed a thing that you are doing, so why???
You are not alone (my very own adolescent Dobe is no “easy ride” either !!! )
Nothing incredible was ever easy – stick at it, you’ll be pleased you did.
..... and, if you need help, please do get in touch !