The Perks of Adopting Older Puppies – NBC 6 South Florida
Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic explained the pros and cons of teenage puppies to NBC 6.
“There is a popular meme that circulates a lot on social media. It shows the three phases of dog development, ”said Dr. Coupon. “Stage 1: Birth to four months – puppy! Stage 2: four to twenty-four months – Velociraptor! Stage 3: 24 months and older, adult.”
The general age range of shelter dogs is between five months and three years, which is exactly in the middle of this velociraptor stage, also known as adolescence. And just like human teenagers, adolescent dogs can marginalize us.
Most “human” parents know that adolescence is coming, but not much is said about dog youth, so many new dog owners are completely blinded by it.
Teenage puppies display many of the same traits as their human counterparts.
Like the velociraptors testing the electric fences in Jurassic Park, slide and poke them to see what they can get away with. It can feel like all of that early training was in vain. There is also a “second” chewing phase that begins after about seven to ten months. It’s understandable why an inexperienced puppy owner could be frustrated.
This is the age group that is most overrepresented in animal shelters. These dogs are not unacceptable. In fact, growing dogs have many advantages.
They are already in the potty, they no longer cry all night, they are usually already neutered or neutered, chipped and vaccinated. You are a bargain!
If you have an active household, especially one with children, consider an adolescent dog.
Young puppies can be too fragile or easily overwhelmed. Sometimes older kids get bored with them and they are a lot of tedious work, but agility, frisbee, and road trips are simply a must for teenage dogs.
Users who know what to expect from this age group are way ahead of the game. Be patient, consistent, and ready to redirect that youthful energy into fun, challenging activities and you might find an equally good match.