Everyone knows that dogs age at a faster pace than humans, but did you know that dogs experience “teen years” similar to humans?
It is true, and just like humans, some dogs act different than others.
What are the “teen” years?
On average, dogs experience these teen years when they are 1.5 to 3 years of age. However, this can vary from breed to breed and even dog to dog.
Characteristics of teen years
Puppies in their teen years will often display the following characteristics. While this can be a challenging time, always remember that it is just a phase and you will get through it. Work with your dog to reinforce positive behavior.
1. Excessive Chewing. One of the easiest to spot, telltale signs that a puppy has reached the teen stage, is the excessive chewing. Puppies will start chewing and biting more during this time because they will be losing their puppy teeth and growing permanente ones in their place.
Make sure to have lots of chew toys and bones around in order to minimize damage to your property. It is also a good idea to spend time with your puppy to teach him or her what is okay to chew and what isn’t. When your dog starts chewing on something bad, give a firm No! command then offer a chew toy instead.
2. Dominance. It is not uncommon, especially for male dogs, to ignore your commands, nip at you, and try to establish their dominance during this time period of time. This is the time when a dog would naturally try to find his place among his pack and for him, your family is his pack.
You must maintain your dominance during this time so it is clear who is in charge. Continue obedience training and always reinforce good behavior.
3. Sexual maturity. Dogs that have reached their teen years will also have hit sexual maturity. Male dogs will start marking things, both inside and outside your home. They might also start “mounting” female dogs, other animals, or even people.
Female dogs will start “flirting” with males by engaging them in play. They will also come into their first heat and possibly show false signs of pregnancy.
Having your dog spayed or neutered will help to calm these behaviors. It is also important to train your dog and reinforce good behavior.
Being prepared for the “teenaged” years will help you and your pet through them.
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