(Closed) why is my dog suddenly forgetting his training?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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 # 8
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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 # 10
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1075 posts
Bumble bee

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!

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