Just like humans, dogs have an “adolescent” period where they transition from puppyhood to full adulthood. This period starts at six months and lasts until the age of two or three. This period of development comes with its own unique challenges different from puppyhood. Below, we’ll outline some things to keep in mind if you have an adolescent dog.
Their sleep schedule will change. While puppies may sleep most of the day, adolescent dogs don’t. They usually become very energetic and may experience disruptions in their sleeping patterns. This means you will most likely experience some sleepless nights as they try to adjust their sleeping schedules. Short, fun training sessions and brain puzzles are great ways to help expend some of that excess energy.
Their teeth are almost developed. This means looking at and maybe even changing the types of chew toys you’re giving to your dogs. What worked for them as puppies might not work now that they have their full adult teeth and jaw strength. If they can chew right through a type of toy now, that toy type is no longer safe for them.
There are many things to keep in mind with adolescent dogs. This is a critical stage of development for them. With a lot of love and patience, as well as some knowledge, the adolescent years don’t have to be daunting.