Dogs Trust

Training Classes

Adolescent Dog Classes

Adolescent Classes

For dogs between 18 weeks - 18 months of age.

In Week 1 of Dog School Adolescent Class

We will teach you:

  • Why we use food as a reward
  • About how your dog learns new things
  • All about your dogs “teenage” phase
  • All about socialising your dog

We will start to teach your dog:

  • To settle down and relax in class
  • To pay attention to you and respond to their name
  • Sit / lie down when asked
  • To start to learn how to walk nicely on the lead  
  • Come back to you when called (to start with from just a very short distance away).

 In Week 2 of Dog School Adolescent Class

 We will teach you:

  • To make sure your dog will be relaxed when left alone.
  • How to deal with some common teenage problems, such as mouthing or chewing.
  • To ‘read’ what your dog is telling you and recognise if they are worried.
  • How to make sure your dog has positive interactions with other dogs

We will also work on teaching your dog:

  • How to play nicely with you.To start to learn how to walk nicely on the lead  
  • Come back to you when called (from a bit further away).
  • How to enjoy being handled

In Week 3 of Dog School Adolescent Class

We will teach you:

  • The importance of being consistent and predictable with your dog.
  • The importance of getting your dog used to all sorts of different situations
  • To set up environments so your dog easily learns the right response.
  • How to make sure your dog is not worried about people approaching stuff they value (like their food or toys).

We will also work on teaching your dog:

  • How to walk nicely on a lead, with distractions!
  • To get used to more handling, including veterinary type examinations
  • How to come back when called, even when there are other dogs to say hi to!
  • To give up something nice in return for something even nicer!

In Week 4 of Dog School Adolescent Class

We will teach you:

  • How to teach your dog to do lots of different behaviours.
  • How to use things such as attention and play as rewards, rather than just treats.
  • About practicing behaviours in lots of different situations!
  • To teach your dog the house rules and ‘polite’ behaviours

We will also work on teaching your dog:

  • Some “tricks”!
  • How to walk nicely on the lead in lots of different situations, including the park!
  • To get even better at coming back to you whatever is going on!
  • To wait politely before going through a doorway

In Week 5 of Dog School Adolescent Class

  • We recap the key messages that have been covered in the previous weeks
  • Wetalk about how these skills can be taken forward and developed to make sure your dog continues to learn as they get older.
  • We use some time in week 5 to check that you are not having any problems with your dog so we can give you some more guidance on this if needed.

We also teach you and your dog:

  • How to use your attention as a reward
  • How to get your dog to greet people with four paws on the ground
  • The importance of keeping your dog’s mind busy