The problem with puppies is that sooner, rather than later, they are teenagers and teenagers as we all know can be a major pain in the rear.
Someone told me once, “you were the smartest you’ll ever when you’re 17”. At the time it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, silly statement with not an ounce of truth to it since there was so much left to learn, but good luck teaching me; yet the older I got the more I saw the truth in that statement. When you’re 17, you ARE the smartest person in the world as you know it, certainly smarter than your parents who know nothing, and your teachers…what do they know besides books? It takes time, experience and age to realize that the older you get the less you really know. Dogs aren’t too much different in that respect; all of that “puppy training”, all of that time and effort, that belief that the two of you had a real understanding goes right out the window in what seems like a blink of an eye and all of a sudden they are deaf, dumb and blind; especially to your requests. Everything and anything on the planet is suddenly more interesting that you are, or seemingly ever were. So where did all of that training go?