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  1. Arti says:

    These periods all coincides with the hormone surges that come with adolescence, and this can increase excitability, intensity and over-reactions to just about everything. Managing this period properly is vitally important as this seems to be the time when single-event learning is the most likely to occur. Smaller breeds seem to hit their teenage phase earlier than larger breeds who develop more slowly. A small breed dog will often be mature by around a year old, whereas a giant breed can be two years plus before their adolescence is behind them. This period is characterised by your puppy seeming to be reactive or scared of things that haven’t bothered them in the past; people, dogs, unfamiliar objects or places etc. Dogs also have a second fear period that happens a fewwhere between 6-18 months of age. In other words a bad experience at this time can have a lasting effect on your dog’s behaviour even if all their previous interactions have been positive. Canine adolescence starts at alternative times for alternative breeds and can last for varying lengths of time. Shy dogs can become shyer and confident dogs can become more (a fewtimes over) confident. a fewtimes this just happens once but in other dogs it can happen several times which may coincide with growth spurts or hormone surges.

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