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What to expect at 7 months

Written by: Kassie Dickson, CPDT-KA, K9 Koach

Just as crazy! Your pup is still in their "adolescence" stage and they’re going to start to “forget” what they’ve learned. Now is the most crucial time to keep up with all the training you’ve implemented so far. 

It’s also the perfect time to enroll your puppy into an obedience class if you haven't enrolled already. This will help continue your pup's learning but also keep up with their socialization. 

Now is when you’re going to start to see problem behaviors arise. Issues like resource guarding, over-arousal, poor impulse control, and low bite inhibition, will start to rear their ugly heads.

However, all is not lost. Remember, your pup is still young and ready to learn. Be consistent in discouraging the behaviors you don't want and encourage the behaviors you do want!

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Mental stimulation and exercise are tremendously important to your puppy. Daily walks and games to tucker out their brain are the best way to go.
Pick a new behavior each week and teach it to your pup!

TRAINING

CRATE TRAINING

Keep up with the crate; if you don’t, your puppy is likely to make mistakes at this stage, and possibly create unwanted behaviors.

 

MENTAL STIMULATION

Mental stimulation and exercise are tremendously important to your puppy; daily walks and games to tucker out their brain are the best way to go.

Pick a new behavior each week and teach it to your pup!

 

DITCH THE "NO"

Your pup doesn’t understand “no”, or “uh uh” and probably never will. Try teaching an alternative behavior to whatever they’re doing, or redirect them onto something more appropriate.

 

"It’s important to allow your puppy to make mistakes, so they can learn to problem solve and learn what is appropriate when it comes to other dogs. Do your research to know for yourself what play looks like.

Speak to a professional about dog body language and what communication looks like specifically for your dog."  Kassie Dickson, CPDT-KA

Let's get you through that teenage phase!

 

For chews catered to your pup's growing age, have a look at Super PawBox for dog toys, treats, and more!

Walk through the next stage of puppyhood with What to Expect at 8 Months.

 

 

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