Maddening To Maturity: Understanding and Helping the Adolescent Dog

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? When you understand your adolescent dog better, you can settle into the work and joys of helping them grow into a wonderful adult dog. The kind of adult dog that makes people say, “Oh, I wish I had a dog just like that!” while you smile and wonder if they knew him as a teenager. “Promoting healthy relationships & humane training through a holistic approach to the dog – body, mind & soul.” FRIGHT OR FLIGHT and MADDENING TO MATURITY Seminar Fees: Early bird (register by January 11, 2017): Individual Two days – $295; 1-day $175 Group (5 or more) – $275 per person* After January 11, 2017: Individual Two days – $325; 1-day $210 Group (5 or more) – $305 per person* *Group rates are available only for two-day attendance. Please contact Margaret (margaret@humanertrainer.com) to register your group and receive the Promo Code. SAR Scholarships to honor the Sterling Gillis Memorial K-9 SAR Scholarship program are available to SAR handlers. All operational K-9 SAR handlers are eligible to receive the scholarship and attend the handlers for Fright or Flight and Maddening to Maturity seminars at no charge. Please contact the seminar hosts to apply. Are you a dog professional? Info on CEU’s available coming soon. For more information, contact: Margaret Johnson: margaret@humanertrainer.com – Austin, Texas Kathi O’Malley: talk2thepaw@msn.com – Dallas, Texas


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