Adolescence can be a trying time, both for us and our dogs. Our dogs are still growing and their perceptions and feelings will change as their hormone levels rise. Often, training we thought we had perfected a while ago can start to deteriorate – a reliable recall can become, well, less reliable. This is completely normal, and the best thing we can do is acknowledge this and focus on revising the foundations
we worked so hard on during puppyhood.
It can be disheartening to have to pop that longline back on our dogs after months of carefree off-lead walks, but life will become a lot harder if we allow our teenage dogs to practice running off after wildlife or up to every dog they see! You will get back to those idyllic walks soon; as long as you are patient, and remember this important step!
Now is a good time to consider a Masterclass
, to brush up on those important life skills!
Our Golden Retrievers are intelligent and biddable dogs, but they were bred for a purpose! It’s important we give them outlets for their favourite behaviours and keep their minds as busy as their bodies. Our Scent Detectives
course is perfect for this incredibly sniffy breed! And, with the basics established in your Puppy Classes, you can start looking into attending our fun gundog classes
– yes, even for your pet dogs! As we mentioned earlier, Golden Retrievers still have a strong retrieving instinct even if they are not destined to be working dogs. Your pup will love learning things like formal retrieves, and you will love seeing what your dog can achieve when they’re in their element!