What to Expect from Adolescent Dogs and Ways to Manage their Behavior

What to Expect from Adolescent Dogs and Ways to Manage their Behavior

Everyone knows that adolescent humans can be a pain to deal with sometimes. But can that also be the case with adolescent dogs? Well, even though dogs and humans are very different, adolescence is a rocky period for both of them.

Just like human teens, teen dogs are in a period when they are learning more about the world. They can be very curious and impulsive, and they will definitely try to push the limits. Whereas puppies are more scared to leave the places they know, teens will want to explore more, they’ll want to find out what is beyond the yard fence.

But the adolescence period passes much faster for dogs than for humans, so you don’t need to be too worried about it. Teen dogs are hyper, exasperating, and driven by hormones. They will have lots of energy, and they will have a very short attention span, so don’t be shocked if they forget your commands. Overall, a teen dog won’t act too differently from anyone else going through puberty.

The most important thing you have to keep in mind if you have a teen dog is to have patience. They won’t always behave like angels. Sometimes, they will literally drive you up the wall. But there are a few things you can do to manage their outbursts. The trick that will probably save you is knowing that a tired dog is a well-behaved dog.

Besides making sure they’re tired, you also need to make sure that you impose a strict and consistent rule system and training regimen. And if they get too much you can always reach out to a professional trainer.

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