You may know that once a month we close the doors for three hours on a Wednesday afternoon.
You might think it’s unusual for us to spend valuable daylight hours closed to clients, but these hours go to the heart of our practice here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital.
Our mission statement starts with these words: “Working together as a team to provide each pet with the best possible health care and quality of life…” To provide that best possible care, we think it’s important that every member of our team should be part of our monthly educational opportunities. We close for three hours. We put the phones on hold. Often we provide a team lunch. We move the tables aside in our treatment room and we squeeze in on folding chairs to learn how we can bring even better care to your pet.
Some months we learn about new therapies or treatments, some we do team-building exercises. We might practice our CPR and emergency responses, or learn about other non-medical aspects of pet care.
Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of once again hosting Caryn Liles from The Toronto Centre for Canine Education. Caryn always has fantastic and entertaining insights into the “whys” of canine behaviour. This month’s talk was about Canine Adolescence. Caryn talked about puppy behaviour and emotional development, and how it relates to your dog’s training.
Dogs go through adolescence between 6 and 15 months of age, and just like humans, it’s a rocky time emotionally. They are growing fast, subject to hormonal bursts, and experiencing rapid social changes. And just like human teenagers, their behaviour can be questionable. Even the best-behaved puppy will forget his or her manners and cues. However, also like humans, the better trained they have been as young puppies, the easier it will be to maintain and restore good behaviours through and after adolescence.