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Adolescent Dogs

Adolescent Dogs

Adolescence is the developmental stage from puppyhood into adulthood. This can occur at any time from 6 to 12 months of age and last up to 24 months.

Many of the behaviours that your adolescent dog is showing are a natural part of their development. Early intervention is key and if in doubt about any behaviour, please contact Dog School for advice. Remember that you’re not alone. 

We have put togther some training guidelines for three of the most common behaviours seen in adolescent dogs: Jumping Up, Leave, and Loose Lead Walking.

Jumping Up

 Want a more in-depth explanation of teaching your dog not to jump up? You can watch a training video or sign-up for Dog School!


We have a traning video that goes into more detail on the 'Leave!' training cue. You can watch it here

Loose Lead Walking

 Loose lead walking can be a tricky skill to master and takes a lot of patience and practice. Watch our training video on the technique for more tips.

Wanto save or print these tips? You can download them here!

Adolescent Dog Training Tips PDF 8.69 MB

Remember our dogs are learning all the time and its really important that we understand that. Learning is an ongoing process for you and your canine companion. If you require any extra support please contact us via [email protected]