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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Terrible Twos

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor


   Honey BadgerPuppyhood is an adventure! It’s a time for puppy to explore and learn behavior that is acceptable to you and your family.

   By the age of about eighteen (human) months your dog is finally perfect—well-mannered, calm, and a joy to be around. And then, it happens…

   Fido seems to have forgotten everything he was taught; he nips, barks at nothing, jumps on everyone and acts like he owns your home! Welcome to the Terrible Twos!

   Some folks give up on their dogs during this short-lived stage and abandon them to a shelter. Others assume it will last forever and crate or separate their dogs from the family, endlessly.  In my years of training dogs I always say, “Be firm, be kind, and wait it out—it will pass!”

   Just as a child hits a certain stage of over-confidence at the age of two, so will your dog begin to assert himself. With firm verbal guidance he will return to his well-trained self within a matter of days if you are patient!

   Remember, never use physical corrections on a dog! His only means of defense against a perceived attack is to bite, and a dog that bites a human suffers an uncertain future.


   If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please call or text 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. Report animal abuse to your local police department! Most departments have an animal control officer that can follow up on your complaint. Be their voice!

Pictured: Sugar, the author's dog. 

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson, Owner,

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Offering the best of dog training and behavioral evaluations in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties