Cameo's Corner for Adolescent Dogs
Yep, you guessed it- I am now an adolescent dog. I'm 11 months
old and full of my self, a typical naughty teenager. Having raised
many adolescent dogs many times before, my mom does not let me get
away with much... but a dog's gotta try.
As is typical for a teenage dog I try my best to get away with
as much as possible. The problem of course at my house is that my
parents are dog trainers and they are tough to fool. Opportunity
doesn't present itself all that often, but with toddlers about there
is an occasional window where I make my move. But since only the
things that are going right get rewarded (and the inappropriate
things are prevented or ignored) there really is no fun in being
naughty at my house.
Here are some of our household secrets: you may want to keep this
from your parents if naughty is working for you.
- Stealing things isn't much fun because they don't leave stuff
around for me to take. If I do grab a slipper, a kid toy, or a sock,
no one gets flustered: they just ask me what I've got and trade
me for something more appropriate.
- I'm supervised while I'm out of my crate and of course our
house is dog proofed so there isn't more temptation than I can handle.
- I'm not always perfect in my greeting manners, but a foot
on the leash and lots of clicks and treats for sitting is changing
my mind about the best way to greet people.
- I'm great at coming when I'm called because I've always
had off leash freedom from the first day I came home.
- I have learned that checking in with mom and dad means more
freedom, affection, attention and of course the best treats!
There are rules at my house that make it easy for me to know where
my place is- and that makes life a lot less confusing.
- I'm not allowed on beds or furniture.
- I have to sit and stay at doorways, and to get out of the
- I'm not allowed to tackle or hassle the kids nor are they
allowed to roughhouse with me. Though Eric and I have worked out
an entertaining game of tackle fetch that mom finds amusing and
Eric loves...she bends the rules for certain things depending on
I get lots of training on a regular basis and Mom and I are constantly
going new places and socializing with new people and dogs. Each
month Mom picks a socialization or training theme- this month it's
tricks. So far I have learned to rollover in both directions, spin
in both directions, bow, backup and wave. Next month we are planning
on getting back on the subway for some social trips into Boston
to work on furthering my in public manners. Riding the Orange line
I get to see it all, hear it all, and experience it all. Mom says
it's good for me, but I know it means people, goodies and fun.
If you are an adolescent dog in need of something fun to do get
your mom or dad to sign you up for one of mom's Beginners 2 classes
or for a day of daycare to work on your social skills. Exercising
your brain and your body will make being naughty around the house
lose it's appeal. See you in class !
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