The majority of dog lovers know how important the first months in a dog's life are for its future character development. However, inexperienced dog owners are often happy to lean back and relax after surviving the obligatory "puppy playtime period" - after all, they have, by now, house-trained their dogs, familiarised them with the lead and car journeys, and taught them the first lessons in obedience. Yet your dog's character development is by no means complete when puppyhood ends.
When puppies grow into young dogs and reach puberty, they are often prone to problem behaviour. It would be fatal if humans misjudged the behaviour of their sometimes wild, sometimes insecure canine ruffians and treated them incorrectly. The awkard adolescent phase presents you with an opportunity to strengthen your dog's character even further, taking account of a combination of genetic predisposition, preliminary work by dog breeders, canine mothers and your own dedication during puppyhood. At this point, your adolescent dog needs more trusting, intensive training than in other phases of its life.
Your position as "leader of the pack" is irrevocable when you train your dog - after all, you are the one who took the dog into your home. Here are a few tips on how to help your four-legged friend get used to his new pack from day one onwards.