My 8-month-old puppy, Fenton, is currently going through the charming adolescent stage where suddenly the rules don't apply to him & he's worked out that I'm not the centre of the universe (ouch!). I think there's also a bit of a fear period going on too, because when he'd normally give anything a red-hot go (like jumping on the ute before I have a chance to lift him up), now he's holding back a bit. He's still sweet & loves his cuddles of course, but he's discovering that he's a boy & testing the limits of my patience!
I've had a couple of Aussie boys going through this same stage so at least I know this will end and can laugh about his antics. While it drives me crazy at the time, before I know it they're a decent dog again. A couple of things I've learned about dealing with the Adolescent puppy:
Now, I'm definitely not a dog trainer, so don't take everything I say as gospel. Not all dogs are the same & this is only what I've learned from my small sample size. But I do hope that it might help someone going through the adolescent puppy stage with their puppy know that they're not alone & they haven't stuffed up!
Diana is an Exhibitor & Registered Breeder of Australian Shepherds in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia. She is married to a farmer and owned by 3 loving Aussies.