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Title: From Maddening to Maturity: Understanding & Helping the Adolescent Dogs

When: 12/14/2013 at 08:00 to 12/15/2013 at 17:00

Where: Clermont County Dog Training Club


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Do you wonder where your once wonderful puppy went? And why has he turned into a sometimes maddening, unpredictable, maybe even out of control adolescent? Relax – you’re not alone. More than a few puppy class stars have gone on to be champion buttheads as teenagers! For many dog owners, the 18-24 month period of adolescence is problematic. Even with a great start in puppyhood, many dogs hit adolescence and become frustrating, unruly, and simply maddening in some ways. While puzzling to many owners, this is a natural but poorly understood stage of development. Did you know that adolescence begins around 20 weeks of age? That a year old dog is roughly the equivalent of a 14 year human? That adulthood in the dog begins at 2-4 years of age? That the most annoying teenage dogs are usually geniuses? The Relationship Centered Training (RCT) approach to adolescents focuses on three areas of the teenage dog’s life: Relationship with handler Social life (other people, dogs & animals) Life skills (self control, basic manners, coping skills) For each area, we will explore ways to assess each dog’s strengths and limits, how the handler can support the dog, what skills need to be developed, and how to recognize problems that must be addressed. This seminar will address RCT keys: communication, commitment, communication The handler’s role as the teenage dog’s guide to life Balancing the relationship Age appropriate responsibility Cooperation as a lifestyle Permission and parameters “Even though” empathy & expectations Potholes, loopholes and missing bricks in the dog’s skill sets Self control, handling arousal, dealing with distractions and attractions, polite behavior with others (people and dogs) – all are important aspects of growing up into a well behaved adult. Learn how to guide your teenage dog to maturity using effective and humane RCT techniques such as Really Real Relaxation, Go Say Hi, Auto-Check-in, Puppy Politen

Sponsor: Clermont County Dog Training Club

Speaker(s): Suzanne Clothier

Contact: Rhoda T Ezell
 Phone: 513-528-2899


Clermont County Dog Training Club
6058 Kells Lane

Milford, OH 45150
United States