How to love and survive your teenage dog – Barbara Hodel

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‘Over the last 13 years, I have professionally helped thousands of humans and their teenage dogs to get through that challenging teenage phase. I wrote this book because I want to share the lessons I have learnt – and the knowledge I have gained – with a wider audience so you and your dog can develop a lasting bond and live together harmoniously!’ – Barbara Hodel


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How to love and survive your teenage dog – Barbara Hodel

All dogs (and humans) have to go through the teenage phase to reach the stability of adulthood. Some dogs breeze through this stage with barely a glitch, but most of us will have a challenging time.

It is normal to sometimes feel despondent or disappointed because we thought we did everything right when they were puppies and now nothing seems to be working. The challenges of the teenage phase are real and can put our relationship with our dog at risk.

It does not have to be like this! How to love and survive your teenage dog will help you to understand your teenage dog better and navigate these challenges, by covering: an understanding of the unique challenges you and your teenage dog face; why and how your relationship matters in the training process; the role of anthropomorphism and consideration of dog emotions and minds; the benefits of positive reinforcement; the importance of lifelong socialisation; how to keep your and your dog’s sanity despite some common setbacks; and promoting the value of calmness.

You can – and should – enjoy your teenage dog despite the difficult behaviours they show. The reward is a happy and well-adjusted friend for life!

As a qualified and accredited dog trainer, Barbara has helped thousands of teenage dogs and their families come out the other end of that difficult phase with a bright future ahead. Barbara’s positive, science-based and ethical approach to training teenage dogs and their humans will help you, too!

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Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 21 × 13 × 2 cm