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    "Teen Years"

    I keep hearing this over and over again...When are the teen years? What happens that is different from being a puppy?

    I think Bax may be starting to hit the teen years. He's really pushing my buttons with training...still having accidents in the house...chewing on everything...acting super hyper. Don't get me wrong, I love him...but in the past couple days he has been more then a handful.

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    Re: "Teen Years"

    They hit adolescence, which means lots of hormones. It usually happens around 8 months, sometimes sooner for smaller breeds, later for bigger ones. I read somewhere they during that time the hormones in a male are higher than they will be when they are adults. Its usually best to go back to basics, pretend they don't know anything. Their brains are so overloaded with all those hormones, new desires, their perception of the world is changing. At least it doesn't last as long as it does with people.

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    When I took Champ to puppy class, the instructor said that between 6 and 18 months our dogs would test our every last nerve. She said they will have accidents in the house, pretend not to hear you, be mischievious, etc. But that if we could make it past that, we'd have the most wonderful companions. I'm assuming those will be the "teenage years". LOL
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    OMG...I remember when Uallis hit about 7-8 months old... He was HORRIBLE!! LOL!! It's like he went completely nuts...He "forgot" almost all of his training, jumped all over people...its like he turned into a monster. The only thing that he DIDN'T do was start peeing in the house.

    However, I was prepared for the most part because I had just finished going through the same phase with Eddie...being consistent and training HARD...but basically waiting it out are the only things you can do...lol

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    Re: "Teen Years"

    My shelties hit a really difficult stage at about 16 months, just really wild behavior, I can't remember exactly what, I think I've blocked it out, lol, but it seems like they were chewing things they'd never shown any interest in chewing before.
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    Quote Originally Posted by sheltiemom View Post
    My shelties hit a really difficult stage at about 16 months, just really wild behavior, I can't remember exactly what, I think I've blocked it out, lol, but it seems like they were chewing things they'd never shown any interest in chewing before.
    Like drywall? The batting on the bottom of my chairs. It can't taste good! I feel like padding my entire house...but I'm SURE he will chew that too!

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    Re: "Teen Years"

    Quote Originally Posted by novagir18 View Post
    Like drywall? The batting on the bottom of my chairs. It can't taste good! I feel like padding my entire house...but I'm SURE he will chew that too!
    My coffee table, carpet, the corner of my kitchen cabinets...
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    So around 8 months is the teen years? So this all now makes a lot of sense. My dog just turned 8 months a few weeks ago, and in the past 2 weeks she's pottied in the house two times (and hadn't before in almost months), chewed up my cabinets (had not previously done any home damage), she's woken me up multiple times in the night to play. I guess it's back to basics

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    Re: "Teen Years"

    I guess we are just in the "Terrible Twos" then...I'm glad we have all this to look forward to!

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    Oh geeze, it lasts 18 months?! We'll never make it!! Barclay is right in the middle of it at 11 months. He's starting to come out of it actually, but you never know from day to day if he's going to be a good boy, or if he's going to unstuff a couch when nobody's looking. Or outside I call him and he doesn't even bat an ear in my direction. But sometimes it seems like it's really all sinking in, and he gets it, he just can't help himself sometimes and then he's EEEEEVIL!
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    Now I understand why Bella has been behaving the way she has been. She has been a little turd, to say the least. She has unsewn the skirt on part of my couch, pooped in the house (which she hasn't done in at least 4 months),chews whatever she can find (thats new too) and jumps all over everyone. She's driving me nuts. To top that off, Bug follows her every move! Ugh!!!!

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    Re: "Teen Years"

    Quote Originally Posted by novagir18 View Post
    I keep hearing this over and over again...When are the teen years? What happens that is different from being a puppy?

    I think Bax may be starting to hit the teen years. He's really pushing my buttons with training...still having accidents in the house...chewing on everything...acting super hyper. Don't get me wrong, I love him...but in the past couple days he has been more then a handful.
    They are exactly what you think they are if you have spent any time around teenagers. One forum member "Great Dane" said his dog was fantastic at 6 mths of age and it is a wonder dog(my words) but the dog is amazing (his words) I would never bust his bubble as I hope that the dog remains a wonder dog but in all probability it will turn into a teen-ager and it will be interesting experience for him and one that will enhance his dog knowledge. If you have never raised a person teen-ager you have no idea what's gonna happen. Most of us that have are cringing.
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
    If you have never raised a person teen-ager you have no idea what's gonna happen. Most of us that have are cringing.
    omg! Now I have 3 teenagers (counting my 2 human) in the house. Soon to be a 4th as Bug is not far behind. *shakes head and cries*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellasmom View Post
    omg! Now I have 3 teenagers (counting my 2 human) in the house. Soon to be a 4th as Bug is not far behind. *shakes head and cries*
    Ha ha, hang in there!

    Barclay had a perfect recall when he was a puppy, he would come happily bounding to me at the mention of his name, walked politely on his leash, and was basically a joy! Well, all that's changed, but we keep working on it, and I know it will come back. I really think he's going to turn out to be the best dog I've ever had (don't let Alki know) once he settles down.

    Right now the key is lots of exercise to burn off that teenager energy, and approved activities, and time in the pen when we need a break! Hmm, same as some human teens need
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    I think I got lucky, or maybe I just missed it because his teen years would have been at about the same time I moved back into my parents house. He was good with me, but he annoyed the crap out of everyone else in the house. I haven't really thought about it until now, but I just figured that it was because he wasn't use to them or the new house yet.

    Or I wonder if it can happen earlier than 8 months? Like 5 months for example...I adopted my dog when he was "4-5" months old, and he was just the worst dog ever. Completely disobeyed everything I'd say, but when I first got him he had no idea what the meaning of 'no' was. It's the worst thing ever to have a disobedient dog that doesn't know what no is...He wasn't potty trained either, so he was a handful...

    After having him for a couple months and getting in some training he wasn't that bad though, and I'd say at a year old now I couldn't ask for a better dog.
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    I got Lloyd when he was 8 months old. Just an hour of having him home I knew why he had been given up, lol. We persisted and he stopped being a jerk after a few months. I found, with Lloyd anyway, that it was very important to make everything a huge game and try to make it seem like it was his idea.

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    Re: "Teen Years"

    Our trainer said that the teen years typically last from about 8 months up to a year old/year and a half.

    i have a ten month old right now and all i can say is....


    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    I can't describe it any other way. I love my dog but right now she is a massive pain in the butt. It seems like all of her training went out the window. she doesn't listen, she does things she knows are wrong, and her bad habits just got worse.

    ahhh i can't wait till shes past this phase. its absolutely frustrating beyond belief...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
    If you have never raised a person teen-ager you have no idea what's gonna happen. Most of us that have are cringing.
    So true! I read somewhere (not sure if it was here) a quote that said "grandbabies are presents for not killing your teenagers". LOL
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    Hallie is almost 8 monts...she is a small dog so I guess the teen years will come sooner for her. She is actually very well trained and hasn't been disobedient at all so I guess I have that to look forward too I know with Peanut he was very unruly barking and growling and chasing people at 5 months! We got through it though
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    Re: "Teen Years"

    This gives me such comfort to know most pups go through this! There's times I have thought I'm just a complete failure at raising a puppy
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