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Surviving Your Teenage Dog

May 01, 2023

Adolescent dogs, also known as teenage dogs, are a at special stage in a their life. They are no longer puppies but not yet fully grown adults. This period can be challenging for both the dog and the guardian as adolescent dogs can exhibit a wide range of behavioral issues. Here are some things to keep in mind when dealing with adolescent dogs:

  1. Hormonal changes: Adolescent dogs go through hormonal changes that can affect their behavior. They may become more independent and assertive, which can lead to challenging behavior.
  2. Increased energy: Adolescent dogs have increased energy levels and need more physical and mental stimulation to keep them occupied.
  3. Socialization: Adolescent dogs are still in the process of socialization, and it's essential to continue exposing them to new people, animals, and environments to prevent fear or aggression.
  4. Training: Adolescent dogs need consistent and positive training to teach them appropriate behaviors and reinforce good habits.
  5. Exercise: Adolescent dogs need plenty of exercise to burn off their excess energy. This can include going for walks, playing fetch, or participating in sport dog training classes.
  6. Patience: Adolescent dogs can be challenging, but it's essential to be patient and understanding. Remember that they are still learning and growing, and their behavior will improve with proper training, guidance and time.
  7. Professional help: If you're struggling with your adolescent dog's behavior, it may be helpful to consult with a professional trainer or behaviorist. They can help you to understand your dog's behavior and provide guidance on how to address any issues.

In conclusion, adolescent dogs go through a unique stage in their life, which can be challenging for both the dog and the guardian. Understanding the changes they are going through, providing consistent training, patience, and seeking professional help when necessary are key to successfully navigate this stage. With the right approach, you can help your adolescent dog grow into a well-behaved and happy adult.

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