When you live with a puppy, you have to live with puppy brain. This often arises in situations when the potential for embarrassment is highest. It is defined as a period of time when a puppy decides to do the exact opposite of what he was formerly doing, that is, behaving himself. It is also known as the “blond moment” by my husband.
Puppy brain expresses itself about 20 minutes into a dog obedience class. This always occurs immediately after the trainer calls attention to your dog as being an example of correct form in an excercise. Thereby which the entire class attention is fixed on your corner of the room when your dog’s brain begins to short out. The first seconds of this may be recognized in the glazed look in the dog’s eyes. He will fail to respond to a command given him no matter how many times he has successfully completed the task before.
Many handlers mistake this as SHD, selective hearing disorder, but this misdiagnosis is remedied by observation of what follows. Your dog will shoot off, hitting the end of his leash and nearly pulling you off your feet. He will then successfully sniff every dog bum and a few human crotches within a leash and a half radius of your location before acknowledging your existence again. During which period of time, you will be attempting to get the dog’s attention again. All eyes remain on you as you do a perfect impression of a helium inhaling clown with several dozen angry scorpions in his pants.
Your dog, probably fearing you are on your death bed, comes to check on you just long enough to take a treat from your hand. Finding that you are perfectly healthy, the puppy will promptly forget every command he has ever known.
The only known fix for this is time out in the corner for yourself and your puppy. While this may not make the puppy behave any better. It will keep you a safe distance from all the other puppies in the class. The condition is highly contagious.