Basic Dog Temperament for Teenages and Adult Dogs
Teenage dogs or adolescent dogs start to gain more ‘adult’ characteristics, usually ending at around 18 months. Understand that dog aging can be quite arbitrary. For example, some dogs may enter adolescence at 6 months while for others, this is simply part of their puppy phase.
New behaviors you might see on your dog would be increased attention to other dogs, particularly those of the opposite sex. Male dogs are typically capable of siring a litter at a very early age while females have to wait a while to ensure health and safety of the pups.
What’s important to note is that the teenage years is when dogs grow more rebellious. The ‘obedience’ part of their training is often forgotten and disregarded as they try to push the boundaries of their relationship with the human and more importantly – the pack. If you are part of the family, this is the time to make sure that each member establishes his dominance over the dog. More on this will be discussed later.
Neutering and spaying is crucial before the pooch hits this stage; otherwise, you’ll find him constantly looking for ways to get out of the house and find other dogs. Don’t be confused if the pooch suffers from ‘memory loss’ when it comes to tricks you’ve managed to teach during his puppy years. This stems from his newfound independence; hence, the need for additional firmness in your teachings.
Adult dogs are those aged between 18 months up to the time they become seniors or around 7 years of age. Note though that there are conflicting views on this since there’s an overlap between when the dog is a ‘teen’ and when a dog turns into an ‘adult’. As a general rule, however, once your dog enters 24 months or 2 years of age, they are officially adults.
At this point, hyperactivity starts to wind down as the dog settles into the routine you’ve introduced them to during their puppy and teen years. Proper obedience, house training, socializing and exercise will give birth to a balanced, loyal, and smart dog. Many dog owners reveal that this is the stage when they become really attached with their dogs as the pooch becomes less of a dependent and more of a companion.Life-wise, this means that the two of you settle into a routine wherein as an owner, you don’t have to go out of your way to cater to the pooch.
Physically speaking, this is the stage where the dog enters a more permanent ‘physique’. Growth stalls and your dog reach his peak when it comes to height. The temperament mellows down and your pooch becomes less interested in playing, aside from those daily walks necessary for exercise.
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