Zen Dog's Commercial Drive Teenage Dog Training

Decode your Teenage Tyrant - in Commercial Drive.

Just when you think you’ve navigated the stormy seas of puppyhood, found a moment of calm, and the end of the leash is finally resting easy in your hands—the biting phase is a fading memory, the pee pads are packed away, and your daily dance with your dog has found its rhythm—surprise! Enter stage left: the Teenage Terror.

The Adolescent Dog

Suddenly, your cuddly puppy morphs into what might be mistaken for a long-limbed, slightly wild youth! You may start noticing a newfound zeal for exploring every nook and cranny of Commercial Drive, or perhaps the once golden recall command now launches an impromptu game of “catch me if you can.” The foundational lessons you’ve painstakingly instilled are now met with a gaze as vacant as a Sunday morning Commercial Drive café before the espresso machine warms up.

Yes, welcome to the rollercoaster ride of adolescence!

Truth be told, many folks brace themselves for the puppy phase. They’re armed and ready for a few sleepless nights, the inevitable scent of Eau de Urine on the carpet, and the sacrificial offering of a shoe or two to the baby shark in their home. They dive into puppy socials and scour the literary dog world for wisdom. Yet, the tidal wave that is the adolescent phase, cresting somewhere between the 6 to 8-month mark and crashing down around the 2 or 3-year mark, depending on the breed, often catches many by surprise.

What The Adolescent Dog’s Training Needs Look Like

Adolescence is the prime time for potential lifelong behavioral quirks to take root. Regrettably, it’s also when many young dogs find themselves seeking new digs at the local shelter or with a breed-specific rescue. The uninitiated might view these emergent behaviors as a life sentence. What worked wonders for the puppy and will eventually resonate with the adult dog falls short for the canine caught in the throes of hormonal havoc and social awakening.

Here at Commercial Drive, we’ve curated a suite of dog training services, with a spotlight on navigating the tumultuous teen years. Our approach zeroes in on the unique behavioral patterns that bloom at this stage. Adolescent dogs march to the beat of their own drum, wrestling with impulse control and giving their humans the cold shoulder. They dabble in fear periods, flirt with risky business, and might show a lack of zest for training, coupled with an insatiable need for z’s.

Commercial Drive’s Teenage Tyrant Dog Training Class

Zen Dog Canine Training’s Teenage Tyrants is a bespoke course crafted for your family’s rebellious teen. We arm you with exercises and strategies to steer through this developmental detour. Unlike your typical Commercial Drive dog training class, our personalized approach offers peace of mind that the madness is but a temporary phase, paving the way to social maturity. Teenage Tyrants is your guide to tweaking your training, ensuring these behaviors don’t overstay their welcome. You might even find joy in this journey as you watch your adult dog begin to blossom.

In Teenage Tyrants, your inaugural lesson unfolds over zoom—a deep dive into crafting cunning management tactics, weaving in impulse control and focus exercises, reassessing your current training playbook, and introducing game and choice-based training to captivate your young canine’s mind. We then venture into your domain, focusing on fine-tuning your furry friend’s manners, whether amid the distractions of the bustling streets or within the confines of your abode. Often, mastering one realm aids in conquering the other.

What Zen Dog Canine Training Will Give You

We navigate the delicate dance of granting your adolescent freedom without compromising safety. We guide you in teaching your pup to navigate the world of reinforcement, making wise choices that respect their burgeoning independence. We show you how to instill calm on cue and bolster confidence through body awareness exercises.

Tailored to your dog’s unique narrative, Teenage Tyrants keeps you on course, even when the waters get choppy. And we’re always here to lend an ear—sometimes, a heart-to-heart is all it takes to turn the tide. Like all our private dog training sessions, we offer unwavering phone and email support throughout your course journey. And should you crave extra guidance, additional lessons are just a bark away.

Zen Dog Canine Training in Commercial Drive veers off the beaten path with Teenage Tyrants, focusing on forging that all-important connection.