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Teenage Years for Dogs

The teenage years for dogs comprises the time that they are between one and one half to three years of age in people years. This varies, however, among breeds.



Below is a summary of expected and typical behaviors of dogs during this time frame. Sexual development in males could be exhibited by marking type behaviors including in the house.

Teen male dogs might also "mount" other dogs, pets, or perhaps try to do the same to family members. This behavior is usually quickly curbed by fixing the male or by separating them when they are showing these behaviors.

Dominance often takes place when males are attempting to make their place in the group, which is in your family. They may try to become dominant by ignoring your instructions, becoming forceful towards people or other pets even in games, and jumping up or possibly biting. Avoid games like tug-of-war or wrestling type games that encourage the dog to challenge against people.

Border Terrier

Gnawing happens as a teen dog is mostly still getting their adult teeth they might have an increased wish to gnaw to both aid with the teeth coming in and deal with some of the discomfort that can go with this. By providing plenty of gnaw toys and playing with the dog with the toys you can teach the teen dog what is OK to munch before they start in on the furniture, cell telephone and radio control for the Television.

Females may start to act "flirty" or may try to take on male dogs in play. They might also demonstrate indications of fake pregnancy and come into their first "heat." Females have to be kept secluded at this time if they are not spayed, as they can become pregnant. The teen dog may become extraordinarily possessive of both your property and you as its family. Whilst this is generally rather fascinating, these dogs are far too hostile.

Teen dogs will require ongoing socialization. Many dog owners tend to isolate their teen dogs during this period in an effort to avoid dealing with their dog’s bad behavior. Doing this will only encourage a dog to be more aggressive and less obedient when they finally reach adulthood. Continue to provide obedience training for your dog.

In addition, maintain socialization for your dog with other dogs, pets and people. Allow your dog to travel with you, so that they will learn how to behave and how the world functions and how they are expected to behave in it. Doing so will provide you, your family and home with a more mature and obedient companion.

It is possible to augment the teen dog's behavior with obedience training and continuation of socialization among other dogs.

Moreover, planning for a teen dog is tantamount to planning for a new puppy. It would be beneficial to be able to predict the behaviors of a teen dog and to have a corresponding plan to counteract those nuisance behaviors.

Article provided by Kim Reid – for more dog articles by Kim, check out additional topics on dog clothes & dog training information.

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