Training never ends

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Dogs, like us, can be very protective of their turf. For some pooches, though, the only instinct they have toward visitors is aggression.

As with many behaviors, territorial aggression is easier to prevent than to treat. Puppy class is a great place for your little guy to meet other dogs and people — and for you to practice handling and introductions. But just because your pup passes with flying colors doesn’t mean you should leave training behind.

Dogs easily handled at 6 months old can be nearly unrecognizable when they reach puberty. That’s when you might notice your dog acting up with visitors. And it’s why your adult dog may need to relearn training he aced as a pup.

Of course, if your dog threatens a visitor or bites at any time, seek expert advice immediately. It’s safety first and training always.