How To Keep Your Puppy Happy, Healthy, And Happy Until He'S An Adolescent (And Not An Adult) At The Age Of 6 Months To 1 Year
During 6 months to 1 year of age, your baby's physical changes will slow down a bit. At 6 months old, your dog is considered an adolescent. This is after their fast-growing juvenile stage from age 3 to 6 months. Be prepared to adapt to your dog's needs in this life stage. They may have several behavior changes that slow them down. Most small dog breeds tend to keep growing until they are 12 to 24 months old. Many pups have a "lanky" and "very awkward look" between six and eight months. House training is mostly complete at this point. The teething is over and your dog may chew less. Be sure to have healthy dog chews available when dogs chew. Pet owners should consider having their dog spayed or neutered. Your dog is past the optimal socialization window, but that doesn't mean socialization should stop. Continue to expose your dog to new experiences, people, places, things, and sounds. (max _bytes(150000):strip_icc()/stages-of-puppy-development-2804675-final-f8d50bfd998842c8969f1ccf0f918dd2. png)Puppies between 6 months and 12 months old may sometimes act like they "forget" their training. Destructive behavior is often caused by the increase in energy and confidence. Be consistent and firm with your pet's training. Proper nutrition is an important part of your baby and dog's development. Large breed dogs often need to stay on dog food past their first year, but other dogs can usually start to transition to adult food between 9 and 12 years old.
You can ask your dog or veterinary doctor for advice on their optimal weight.
When giving chew treats, avoid bones, antlers, hooves, hard nylon dog toys, or other hard chews. Even adult dogs need regular training to keep them sharp. By this time, house training should be complete. Now is a good time to fine-tune the dog training. . . .