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

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor

Your puppy has been a member of your family for several months, or even a year. She’s been friendly with your kids and your other pets, housebroken, and has been taught not to chew the furniture. But suddenly, she’s like a different dog—barking, nipping, being rude in day camp. Why did this happen and what can you do to correct it?

 Dogs, like children go through stages. The Terrible Twos might just be followed by the Rebellious Teens! Their bodies and thought processes are changing and sometimes that means their behavior will change, too.

TrixieThis is your opportunity to show your dog, in a compassionate and loving way, that you are in control. Insist on complete compliance to the rules of the house by reinforcing them. If climbing on the couch is forbidden and Fido jumps up there, draw his leash around his neck and draw him down to the floor (gently!) Reward him for compliance even when it was guided by you, his owner.

 If he is showing resource guarding make it stop immediately by clapping your hands or telling her “No” in a loud voice, then remove the object he is guarding for a few minutes.

 If she attends Doggy Day Camp and has misbehaved let the counselors know you are working on the issues. Also ask about the counselor-to-dog ratio. In my professional opinion there should be one counselor for every eight or ten dogs. Fewer than that is not enough! Find a camp that offers a better ratio!

 My book, Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion, is available on Amazon and on the Barnes and Noble website in both paperback and eBook format. It may be just what you need to help your dog be the best she can be!

 Please contact me at or call or text 856.981.8957 with any dog-related questions. There is never a fee for this type of consultation.

 Pictured: Trixie. R. I. P. I will love you forever.

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

Dawn O Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf LLC