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    DefaultWhen is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    People have been telling me since Rocket was 9mo old that he's acting like a teenager. I have no problems with his activities or behaviors, but since people still tell me he's a teenager, 9 months later, I'm just wondering when he'll no longer be considered one.
    He turns 18mo tomorrow.


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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    Paddy didn't shake off the teenager in him until he was about 7 years old. And then there was just a slight bit of "mellowing". He is 11 years old now and I have two 5 year old JDs on board now. No mellowing in sight with them yet!

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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    Zoe is a 4 year old teenager. My first lab was a 10 year old teenager!

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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    Quote Originally Posted by mich
    People have been telling me since Rocket was 9mo old that he's acting like a teenager. I have no problems with his activities or behaviors, but since people still tell me he's a teenager, 9 months later, I'm just wondering when he'll no longer be considered one.
    He turns 18mo tomorrow.

    It's not the mellowing part I'm talking about, actually. The high energy level don't bother me. I'm so high energy that I need a dog that can keep up with me. I don't think I'd know what to do with one that is docile.

    I just keep hearing people say he's a teenager after all these months..........


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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    I could be wrong, but I believe they're puppies until they're one, and juveniles until they're three years of age.

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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    Quote Originally Posted by Labmom2Sun
    I could be wrong, but I believe they're puppies until they're one, and juveniles until they're three years of age.
    I think you're right...seems like I remember reading this somewhere when doing my research. For some reason I also want to say that large breed dogs tend to mature a little slower than small breeds.

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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    From what I've heard, til they are three. Just like in humans, exceptions occure

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    DefaultRe: When is a dog no longer considered an adolescent? teenager?

    I agree with Gene, I have read for Dogs in general that they aren't considered an "adult" till they hit 3 years of age.

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