Canine Adolescence. Navigating the Right Path For Your Puppy.

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Signs of Canine Adolescence

  • Behavior starting to change.
  • Basic manners may need reinforcing.
  • Keep up with the training and basic manners training.
  • Keep up with an interesting socialization program for your adolescent puppy where he can make new friends and interact with them frequently.
  • Behavior will be changing during this time, sometimes for the worse.Compare your pup to your teenager.
  • As your pup nears his 2nd birthday-small dogs and 3rd birthday-large dogs, both behavior and temperament will stabilize.
  • Keep working on your dog’s behavior, ¬†socialization training during this critical period.
  • Do not stop socialization most especially after your adolescent’s first doggie squabble at the dog park. Try to intermingle small and large dogs together if you know that your dog will be safe.( this may seem controversial.)
  • If you start secluding your adolescent after their first squabble, you’ll be in for more problems. Keep on socializing your puppy, and bring him to the dog park every day if you can.
  • The secret to adolescent puppyhood success is maintaining your dog’s manners,positive training, rewards, socialization,playdates and intergrating lots of environmental stimulation and fun toys. Keep a frozen stuffed Kong with you to alleviate hyperactivity, boredom and destructive chewing in your puppy.
  • Respect and love your adolescent puppy by understanding what he needs.Revamp his social life and perhaps his training schedule.Update his bedding and crate, and organize dog park/dog beach playdates with other dog parents.

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  2 comments for “Canine Adolescence. Navigating the Right Path For Your Puppy.

  1. June 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Great points. I remember when Eko entered his teenage “years” and started testing his limits. Like you say, consistency is the key to making the transition from puppy to adult manners.

  2. June 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    My dog was a good student, although I probably waited too long to get us into a class since she was over two years old. Playtime was before and after class, but medium sized Bella would only play with the small dogs (like her housemate, Ferris.) She seemed fearful of the large dogs and the instructor placed her in the group with the little guys. She socializes well with dogs her size and smaller to this day (she is now 9 years old) but doesn’t want anything to do with the large population, especially if they sniff her- which of course is inevitable.

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