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My puppy’s forgotten all its training!

Don’t panic! Your puppy has not forgotten all its training!

Relax! You don't need to go back to square one; your puppy is just maturing and may have developed an interest in other things. 

Ever since you brought your pup home, there is no doubt that you have been working hard on a puppy-training regime. Just when things seem to be going well, you may wake up one day and find that your puppy seems to have gone back to square one! Relax and know that you are not alone. When it comes to training dogs, this is a very common occurrence. 

Your pup is growing up!

What you need to realise is that your puppy has simply grown up a little bit. During the initial phase of your puppy being at home, they may have depended on you like a lifeline. Now that they are a little more relaxed and confident, they have a natural curiosity and desire to explore the world around them. Additionally, as your puppy reaches sexual maturity, their increased hormones may temporarily alter their behaviour, making them seem like they are not as attentive to you as they once were. This type of dog behaviour is very common and is not something that you should be worried about.

Progress in leaps and bounds

During this brief phase, owners may find that their puppy training sessions are not fruitful. Your puppy may seem easily distracted, want to do their own thing, and be generally unresponsive to commands and calls that they previously responded to immediately. Do not be alarmed or disappointed when this happens. Any experienced dog trainer will tell you that this is a phase that most puppies go through, and like most things, it will pass quickly. When it comes to training dogs, progress is not always consistent and linear. 

Consistency is the key to success

Many owners get flustered and seek out complicated dog training tips to rectify their puppy’s seeming lack of interest in training. This is absolutely not necessary. The only thing that you need to focus on is maintaining the puppy training routine that you have established. While your puppy’s behaviour may suddenly seem inconsistent to you, always remember that you must never stop being consistent with them.

Integrate adventure into puppy training sessions

If you feel like your puppy training sessions during this time are not particularly interesting for you, given your dog’s lack of attentiveness, consider options like using a longer lead. This way your puppy will be free to explore a little bit, but will eventually return to you when they have had their fill of adventure. If necessary, make your puppy training sessions shorter and more fun oriented. However one thing you should never do is to skip training days; even though it may not seem like it at this point in time, maintaining a constant training schedule will provide your puppy with a lot of stability and help them progress faster once they get past this particular phase.  

So don't be distressed! Stick to the schedule and your puppy will eventually remember all their valuable training!

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