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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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When does a Puppy Become a Dog

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Today, my husband let me sleep in. By letting me sleep in I mean left the house w/o waking me while Mac was running wild. I woke up to garbage everywhere.

I was complaining to a friend and told her that puppies cannot be left free in the house. She said "how long are you going to call Mac a puppy?" and she meant it literally. She said he's no longer a puppy and he's a dog now. I think dogs are puppies until at least 2. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 08:52 PM
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I agree, and sometimes they are pups til 3! I call Karlo a pup, he'll be two in a couple weeks, it will be hard to think of him as a dog
Karlo isn't destructive or naughty, just my happy puppy boy, he's been free in the house since he was 7 months! Age has nothing to do with naughty behaviors.

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That's what I say. Puppies 'til they're two.

People think I should quit calling Ozzy a puppy, and he's only 8 months old! Sheesh.

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[QUOTE=Mac's Mom;2034792]... I woke up to garbage everywhere...
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Commenting on my own Post - Mac usually sleeps on the bed with me after my husband goes to work. I slept in the guest room last night because of his snoring. When I woke up this morning the door was closed. Mac was out there alone...
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I think 2 as well but as Stark is only 2 months away from 2 years old (where the heck does the time go?!) I am thinking that 2 seems really, really young!

He has been in the house free for over a year now and is fine (I could leave a steak on the ground and he wouldn't touch it unless told!) but his behaviour and mannerisims are totally puppish. Plus he seems to be more silly these days and has a tone of energy even with increased exercise.

I totally think it depends on the dog, so far my females have been more "mature" earlier than my one experience with a male [Stark].

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I agree....at least 2 years old. Fritz still acts like a pup and he's almost 3

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ok - so it seems this post has 2 questions

1 - at what age does a puppy become a dog

2- can your puppy/dog resist an unsupervised garbage can full of food
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I think its hard for people to see Mac as a puppy because he looks like a bad @ss to them. They don't see him chasing his tail and crying when the cats hissss at him...etc.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 10:59 PM
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I still call my 16 year old lab mix " Puppers"! Guess I cant help answer your question of when they are a dog... but, since she is blind and arthritic...she doesnt get into the trash much!
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