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Flynn is now 7 months old and well into his adolesence period, a typical teenager.  Male dogs become sexually mature at 6 months of age following a huge burst of testosterone and so their hormones are all over the place.  This can and generally does have an effect on their training and not in a good way.  Therefore it is even more important that we continue with their training, even taking a step backwards in order to help them through this trying time.  In this video, the exercise I'm doing with Flynn he was doing at the age of 4 months and just on cue without any 'luring'.  But because he is all over the place at the moment, I took a step backwards and re-introduced a 'lure' to help him achieve what I'm asking of him.  Don't be too worried about doing this, with a little help from you, your dog will come through this stage better and stronger than before.  





Meet Flynn (not my Flynn) who is a 12 month old Springer/Vizla X. Full of energy, ball obsessed, no focus or self control, amazing agility and keen to learn though he does insist on doing everything at 90mph. Worked him on a platform getting his focus and then at the end of the session and to see if we could get him to slow down when moving, gave him a quick go on the Log Walk and Ladder and also to see if he would do a Commando Crawl. Took it all in his stride. Looking forward to building up that focus and self control over the next few weeks through Controlled Agility, Heelwork on a training square and Rocket Recall. Great, happy dog who loves to work.


 


Flynn is now 9 months of age and whilst his focus at home where there are no distractions is really good, it's not so great when out and about.  No different to any other adoloscent dog really.  So here we are concentrating on close 'engagement' work where I want Flynn's undivided attention no matter what.  As you will see, he does lose focus a couple of times but easily gets back on track.  This kind of work not only teaches the dog that you are more exciting than his surroundings and so is more inclined to stay with you, it's a great way to sharpen and reinforce commands.  This kind of engagement work paid off this morning when we came across a young deer at close quarters.  So if you want your dog to stay close to you when out in the big wide world then you only need two things.......training and focus, focus, focus.