Post # 1
My lovely schnauzer is 2 years old. and i adore him so im not thinking of giving him away
the last few weeks though, its like all his training has gone out the window. Hes never been allowed on sofas and is starting to jump up on them. jumping up on people. chewing stuff, things like that. stuff he didnt do before
he cant be lonely – im home all day, and he gets one big walk and a little walk every day. as well as play time
im just bemused. google says behavioural differences might indicate a health problem, is it worth taking him to the vet? he seems healthy and happy otherwise
Post # 3
He’s neutered? Could be some hormonal thing if not? Hahe something changed at home that might have upset him? Is he getting enough attention?
Ours seems to go through phases of naughty puppy (she’s a year old) and we just crack down on any naughty habits she might be trying to pick up and then spend a few days reinforcing the ‘right’ behaviour, whether it be some reminder training or just a few activities requiring obedience rather than just letting her run loose in the park.
Post # 4
It could be a health issue, but has there been any recent change to anything in your home? A new schedule, recent visitors, change in furniture, that sort of thing. Your dog could be stressed about something. If nothing has changed, it couldn’t hurt to take him by the vet.
Post # 5
ugh I hate when they forget their training! our 7 month old puppy just randomly started having accidents again inside in the morning if she doesn’t go outside immediately after eating (normally we take her out after like 5 mins, not like she has to wait long!)–so frustrating! maybe just start re-training a little? see if reminding him of the rules and reinforcing good behavior with lots of treats and praise?
Post # 6
I would think of any changes that have happened lately that might impact him. Our dog seems to forget his training if there is even the slightest thing: we move the furniture around, the weather changes, a neighbor with a dog moves in, if I wear that one sweater he seems to hate, etc. When this happend we start doing little 5-10 minute training sessions every night for a few days to a week. Just grab some treats and practice sit, stay, come. That seems to remind him that he is supposed to follow the rules.
Post # 7
i cant think of any major changes that have been going on. its weird. unless hes picking up on me being far more stressed than usual as the wedding fast approaches
he does seem to be more needy than usual so ill try and think whats causing it. a little bit of extra training wouldnt go amiss though im sure
Post # 8
My dog had the same issue — his trainer told me he’s going through his “terrible twos” and to reinforce good behavior. It took him about a month or so to come out of it when he realized I was not responding positively to his acting out.
ETA: I’d like to add that every dog around his age did the exact same thing (My dog will be two this year, he was one and a half when we finished his training) and it seems like a phase just with children. Just some dogs will stop. My lab refused to heel and refused to look at me when I requested. If I scolded him for misbehaving (getting into the trash or chasing a cat) he’d completely ignore me.
When I started reinforcing his good behavior and baby-stepping him, he crawled out of this “terrible two” phase.
Post # 9
@Hyperventilate: wow that’s really interesting! He’s my first dog so i don’t have previous experience,had no idea dogs went through phases just like kids!
Post # 10
Training a dog is a constant thing, unfortunately, it’s not as easy as training them once and then having them remember it for the rest of their lives. You need to constantely reinforce what is good and bad behavior.
Post # 11
Ah yes, the jerky teenage phase of puppyhood! When I worked with dogs it seemed like around 2 they would all feel a need to re-test their boundaries. From what I’ve seen it’s quite normal, just keep a firm line and they’ll grow right out of it!