Dog Adolescence

by Abi Birch // August 2017

The teenage months!

You guessed it! Dogs hit a period of adolescence just like teenagers. Adolescence in dogs, however, is measured in months rather than years (you will be glad to know), and is a stage that every dog owner needs to know about to understand what their dog is going through at this time.

From around 6 months of age, up until around 18 months, your well behaved, well trained puppy will begin to grow in confidence as he begins a different development stage. You may have a refined puppy, that sits and waits, recalls, leaves objects alone that you ask him too and is very attentive to his name.

Suddenly, that recall isn’t as solid, as they start wandering back to you in their own time, not paying attention to you calling him. This is not to say that your dog has forgotten all about his training you have both worked so hard on, it is a stage of learning that all dogs go through.

Within this period, you as an owner will need to step up the training, exercise and stimulation to ensure what he learnt as a puppy is reinforced through this period to help your dog become happy, obedient and confident. It is important to keep your adolescent dog physically stimulated by more walks, or other types of exercise, such as agility or flyball. It is also just as important to keep up their mental stimulation, by providing fun and enriching training games for you and your dog to complete daily. By encouraging their independence throughout this stage, along with keeping your dog active and stimulated, you will be rewarded with a mature and confident adult dog.

Why not try out Dog School!

We run adult classes which provide you as owners the tools to build on their basics and keep their minds active and engaged, this ensures training is upheld throughout these challenging stages of their development. We can also help in preventing any future problems that may arise by teaching you about dog behavior and dog body language and looking out for signs of fear and anxiety.

For more information or to sign up to classes you can either fill out the online enquiry form on our web page or e-mail nottsdogschool@dogstrust.org.uk.