So your cute puppy is now a teenage brat! Their hormones are kicking in and it can be a challenging time for them and you.
What kind of behaviours can you expect?
Dogs typically experience another “fear period” around adolescence. A seemingly confident act scared around things they previously didn’t. Avoid potentially stressful situations and try and keep things consistent and predictable. Try to remain calm and relaxed around your dog. Make sure you expose them to things they are worried about gradually and at a pace they are comfortable with.
Although your dog is likely to have his adult teeth by now, there may be some discomfort as they settle into their jaw and expect a need to chew harder at this time. Make sure you provide plenty of opportunity for them to carry out this important behaviour. The good news is that chewing is calming for most dogs, so a win-win!
Not coming when called
They may lose focus and forget previous training such as coming on command. Don’t lose patience. Be consistent and continue to work on your dog’s recall in an environment with minimal distractions.