what is its equivalent? How to manage the crisis?

In dogs, adolescence can begin between the ages of 4 and 8 months and end between 12 and 24 months depending on the breed. This is a difficult time where hormonal changes cause doggie disturbances. Complicated to manage and especially tiring for the master who often has a sense of withdrawal, it is a temporary period, but during this time it is necessary to know how to act to prevent bad habits from s’ installer. How do dogs grow up? How to manage crises? Let’s look at this case.

Adolescence of dogs: what time is it? What are the signs?

Depending on the breeds-and especially the sizes-of the dog, entry into adolescence occurs at different ages. For small dogs, puberty begins between 4 and 5 months and between 6 and 7 months for medium breeds, and ends at about 12 months of age. For older dogs, puberty begins between 7 and 8 months and ends at about 18 months or even 24 months. In females, this period usually coincides with the female dog’s first warmth.

During this stage, the dog adopts behavior that confuses the master. Very distracted and excited, the young dog is passionate about what is around him and loves to observe and discover everything with an overflowing curiosity. Adolescence pushes the most calm dogs to be interested in everything that moves, everything that is new. Flowing with new energy, it was as if he was just continuing to urinate at home and no longer listen to his master. Note that small doggies show more excitement than their medium-sized and large counterparts.

How to explain the change in adolescent dog behavior?

Like human adolescents, hormones play a part in these changes. Adolescence can produce profound physiological and psychological changes that can lead to new worries and fears or greater confidence that are likely to lead to the emergence of more or less severe and numerous crises. it hormonal changes can be very annoying to the dog that fails to manage and control these behaviors.

In fact, these traits, which may seem strange or embarrassing to us, are often difficult to manage for the master, who feels overwhelmed by the change in the behavior of his little companion. However, it is important to welcome this event as we would a teenager, with a vision that allows us to act with enough kindness, togetherness and patience, to build a more balanced communication and education within the home.

Faced with “uselessness”, running away, repeated barking, harmful behavior, refusal to follow or turn on the heel and other sudden changes in the behavior of your formerly obedient young doggie, you have to be patient. True, it was a painful time, but sure, it was over!

Adolescence of dogs: how to manage the crisis?

Even if you need to be patient, you can also adopt new temporary behaviors to better manage your dog’s teenage crises.

Hold on tight!

Faced with the confusing behaviors of your four-legged teenager, you need to keep not sending! Don’t let go, because you have to keep your authority over your animal. Stay on the initiative with contacts, caresses, food, play sessions, and more. It’s also up to you to end it with a positive.

Stay calm and retreat

If your pooch doesn’t obey you, there is no need to be angry. You need to make sure to adapt your behavior according to him by observing your animal to understand the reasons why he is not listening to you.

Like a teenager, your pooch will tend to test limits and especially to see your reaction if he doesn’t listen to you. Don’t hesitate to become stronger, to venture into a less motivating space for play and education or to opt for a more motivating technique to achieve your goals.

Over and over, over and over, over and over, even over again!

If necessary, don’t hesitate to start from the left and continue learning the basics with your young teenage doggie. Sometimes it takes to get some basic good skills up to then. Be strong and hold on tight so you don’t stop. This period is temporary, but your dog can develop bad habits if you fail to set rules. Even if you need to be patient, you also need to act so as not to feel guilty for bad behavior, which will only lead to its reinforcement.

Don’t forget that the skills you teach your dog with less difficulty will not be lost. On the other hand, don’t slow down your efforts to not allow your pet to develop bad habits.

Have fun with your pooch

At this age, your dog is full of energy and needs new stimulation. It’s time for starting a new sports activity with your pet. It is important to wake your dog physically, mentally and olfactorily for at least 30 minutes each day and by varying the level of freedom and the spaces or surroundings.

This is a great way to meet your dog’s new needs and channel his energy at the same time.

Consider association

It is important to continue to socialize with your animal by allowing it to come into contact with its congeners. At this age, he needs positive encounters to maintain his good manners and not lose canine codes. Dessocialization is possible if you are not careful.

If your doggie is a bit of a warrior, don’t hesitate to consider castration with your veterinarian to limit the risks.

Keep your referral role

Like the human teenager, the teenage dog is released and seeks to gain an autonomy. However, you must remain your animal’s referent. Stay in control and stay his guide, because in the end, it is at this time that your animal needs you most, your support and security that you bring to him.

Make some provisions

Be careful not to leave things in the reach of your dog that he can ruin if you don’t. When you leave, take your children’s shoes, pillows, toys, comforters and more so he or she can’t find them.

Consult specialists for help

Do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian when your dog shows the first signs of adolescence or if you feel overwhelmed. He or she can advise you on the procedure to follow, or refer you to a ethical veterinarian if necessary.

Adolescence in dogs: the importance of social contact

It is important that your teenage dog maintains social contact with his peers. At this crucial age, the teenage dog changes his communication with others, but also the image of others about him. The teenage dog can no longer communicate like a puppy, he has to learn to do it like an adult dog, not being ready for it or knowing how to do it.

The animal is then likely to become more impulsive, more intrusive, more excited, which can very easily disturb the calmer adult dog. The latter may repel the compulsive young animal with resilience, or even show aggression to encourage it to stay in its place.

Maintaining positive socialization experiences will allow the dog to learn to contact his congeners to communicate and to adopt better communication techniques.

In fact, if you’re not careful, your dog can get dessocialized. The aggressive reactions of other dogs to his attacks can alienate him if you don’t maintain contact and allow him to continue his efforts.

Be careful, however, to create positive interactions. Avoid negative experiences, in a closed environment or with aggressive, non-communicative or invasive dogs, in order to elicit an appropriate reaction and build successful socialization. Walking in an open environment, in a small group with known dogs or even activity sessions such as agility and other canine games can help establish a structure of socialization that facilitates good communication.

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