Emerold

Do dogs goes through terrible twos?

My husky just turned one and recently was spayed she seems to be goin through early terrible twos. She never gotten out and always comes when i call her but has been finding ways of getting out and not listening to simple rules she already learned Any suggesions?.


Asked by Emerold on Jan 20th 2010 in Behavior & Training
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Jack

Dogs start to get a sense of independence as they emerge from puppyhood and they can sometimes test the boundaries. So, terrible twos, yes. For sure that can happen.

Having said that, I personally think it has more to do with the fact that we humans start to cut back on training and reinforcement around this age.

We concentrate so much on puppy training and socialization and then around 9 or 10 months, dogs start to really get into a routine. It's predictable to us that they will do certain things and we come to expect that. WE slack off a bit sometimes and then wonder why the dog is "acting out" now that she's out of puppyhood. When really, training and socialization are things we need to continue for their whole lives, at least in some form.

Going back to basics with training with regular mini-sessions (think 5 minutes) every day or two helps a lot.

At this age, she's going to have a lot of energy too, so make sure to exercise her to exhaustion at least 1x will help a LOT.


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"Dogs start to get a sense of independence as they emerge from puppyhood and they can sometimes test the boundaries. So, terrible twos, yes. For sure that can happen."

& I will agree completely & further that...It is also when dogs cement their personality & become who they are going to be....This is not the time to drop the ball!!


Member 73926 answered on 1/20/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer