|Barked: Fri Jan 25, '13 10:26am PST |
|Sounds to me like you are dealing with a typical teenager. I will be putting up a thread soon....have been working on it....which may be helpful. One thing I can say off the top of my head, however, is that it is a bit of a myth that you take your dog to a puppy obedience class, he does really well, and then is a trained dog. No, he is a trained young puppy Very often, as age and hormones come more into play, not only do new behaviors come to the surface, but the dog is very likely to have selective amnesia regarding the commands he has done so well with.
I think a LOT more of these pet trainers need to have teenage dog classes, not only to allow their dogs this resource, but also in an attempt to make it more common knowledge that even though the puppy graduated from puppy class, you may be in an era where the dog becomes more difficult and needs a refresher course. Very often, you have those who are more positive in their training orientation who assume the dog is having "issues" or getting "reactive," or those more balanced or correction-oriented in their puppy approach who assume their dog is becoming "dominant." Neither are right. He's just a teenager
My advice to you is that as training class worked well for him before, you take him in for a refresher course. That way, too, you have a trainer familiar with your dog who can offer good advice about "street" issues as well, meaning just around the house and neighborhood behaviors you are seeing.
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