Adolescence in dogs
Posted on April 18 2018
Speaking of canine behavior, there are many myths. Some of them are referring to the age of beginning of training, there are still those who recommend that training begin at six months of age, which is a bad idea, early socialization and training of puppies as well as being very fun, it is very productive. On the other hand, some races at six months are already in adolescence and that can complicate things.
The adolescence of the dogs will start at a different age depending on the breed, some breeds mature sooner than others, in general, the small breed dogs mature before, therefore, their adolescence will begin before (approximately at 5 months), in large breeds can start at 9 or 10 months and in giant breeds at 12 months ... everything is approximate, you should look for specific information about the breed of your dog and if you have a Creole, observe their behavior.
During adolescence the dog will be more interested in exploring, investigating, meeting other dogs, smelling where others urinated or defecated; In other words, you will see it more distracted than when he was a puppy and if he used to call immediately when you called him, maybe in adolescence he will run the other way as soon as you call him and you will notice that he prefers to play with other dogs or explore what to do. with you. In some cases you will see signs of aggressive behavior towards other dogs (especially in males and dogs with little contact with other dogs at an early age), this is because they enter a phase of trial and error and try new behaviors to see what happens, You must be prepared and remember that throughout his life, he will meet dogs that he does not like and others that do.
Remember that the best is always to prevent, that's why classes for puppies and visits to dog nurseries are important.
Some simple recommendations for teenage dogs:
• Continue with the training you started when you were a puppy (Wopet recommends starting training at an early age and offering Kindergarten )
• Use a simple formula, for each negative experience, compare it with ten positives. Remember that a positive is where you eat or play, so if you have an unpleasant encounter with a dog, look in the following days to play with ten of your friends when he was a puppy
• Be consistent with the rules, avoid exceptions. Invest time to educate your adolescent dog about what is allowed and not at home, so you will have a very educated adult dog.
• Keep providing challenges, remember that there is a wide variety of interactive toys
For more information, listen to Ian Dunbar and consult his recommendations .
Finally, although you must be strict with the rules, the training should be positive, do not hit your dog.
Enjoy the training!