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When Do Puppies Calm Down?

A friend mine recently brought a new puppy into her home. And this cute girl, who we are calling Autumn, will be joining our herd very soon. Thus, it got me to thinking about what lies ahead as we bring another puppy into our lives. Specifically, how long before a puppy isn’t so much puppy! Most of you know what I am talking about. The potty training, the excessive energy, the curiosity of everything, the biting/chewing to name a few!

Have you ever noticed how much a puppy sleeps and then wakes up and has a ton of energy to burn off? It takes a lot of effort to learn how to be a dog. All that playing, running, chasing, exploring, biting, chewing, and interacting requires huge stores of energy, which puppies replenish when they sleep. Younger puppies sleep for longer periods of time. As they get older that changes and their play time gets longer, making it seem as though they have endless energy. Let the fun begin!

But honestly, when do puppies really start to calm down? Generally, that happens when they are about a year old. However, the breed of dog can have an impact on this along with just the puppies personality. Some dogs may not mature until 18 months to three years. And some dogs may be puppies for life. I’m praying for a calm puppy!🤣

During the first 8-12 weeks of a puppy’s life they are impressionable, learning about their environment, and forming strong bonds with their new human family. At the 12-week mark, puppies typically reach pre-adolescence. They’re becoming increasingly independent and curious, and developing their social skills. Somewhere between 4 to 6 months, the adult teeth begin to emerge and typically teething puppies are the most destructive, and chewing usually lessens as they get their mature teeth.

Then adolescence begins between 6 to 12 months, which can last until the dog reaches emotional maturity. This is the period where a puppy’s energy levels is at its highest. Dogs are becoming more independent and exploring their environment. They begin testing their boundaries and are more likely to get into mischief. And like human teens, they get bored more easily.

This is why we recommend you consider some basic obedience classes with your dog while they are still young. Doing so will help your pup begin to understand some basic commands and it also gets their brains working. Regular training sessions work your dog physically and mentally in a positive way. This provides stimulation and attention which helps to prevent behavior concerns. Training also teaches your dog the rules of your house and the basic ground rules for good behavior. This in turn strengthens your bond with them and helps them become a happier member of your family. Which is what we all want! 🐕❤️

We are now taking reservations for our November Basic Obedience Class. If you have a puppy or even a mature dog that needs some basic obedience we are here to help! Give us a call at 231-845-0550.

Also, if you are planning to travel over the holidays you might want to get your reservations made soon. We are starting to get quite a few requests. As always, we are here for all of your boarding needs. When only the best will do!


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