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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Don't wanna jinx it... When did your puppy become manageable?

Our puppy turned 6 months yesterday and it's like a switch turned on. He went from being a monster who chewed everything, chased cats and bit to becoming my little shadow who while still a bit mischievous suddenly is a pet/companion who plays with his own toys or lays at my feet instead of a walking (adorable) nuisance that gets into everything. He's been so great the last two days I'm almost concerned something is wrong with him (only partially joking). Is this normal?


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Sounds about right for most. Shasta has always been manageable.


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with the use of a leash, crate, watching closely,
long line he was always manageable. with training
and socializing he became more manageable.
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8-12 months are usually the highest energy, highest activity times--they start to have big-dog bodies but their brains are still developing. Kinda like a 16 year old human...

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I misspoke when I used the word manageable. I just mean is 6 months a normal age for him to be more of a companion and less a monster? Out of no where he stopped trying to eat our indoor plants / couch cushions, chase the cats, and seems a bit calmer overall... We've truly never seen him sleep until this weekend, lol. Just thought this was pretty young to be behaving so well.
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It'll come back with a vengeance LMAO ... and then you'll realize just EXACTLY where the cracks in the foundation of training are ... but, with consistency, patience and training, you'll be back on the road to ... wherever!

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Hunter was always manageable for me. Yeah, he was a landshark - but he was an easy, fun puppy. My only issue was the first week of crate training - the brattiness and loudness was unbearable. Haha.

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It'll come back with a vengeance LMAO ... and then you'll realize just EXACTLY where the cracks in the foundation of training are ... but, with consistency, patience and training, you'll be back on the road to ... wherever!
Gee thanks.
Seven is now 6 1/2 months and she definitely gotten easier, but I was afraid this was just a tease.


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SewSleepy ... LOL ... I knew it was going to "come back" ... it's normal for puppies to "outgrow" what you've taught them and of course, they are becoming A LOT more confident about their abilities.

Ky was a landshark from heck, and I finally got that stopped about 6 months old, and then at 8 months, it seemed like all the training went out the window for a week or so, and then back to listening, but got bored REALLY fast so I had to amp up the training and mental stimulation! So I had about 2 months of wow, what a cutie little puppy I have ... and then WHAM ... nope, you have a GSD, don't forget, and in case you forgot, the puppy will remind you!

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I misspoke when I used the word manageable. I just mean is 6 months a normal age for him to be more of a companion and less a monster? Out of no where he stopped trying to eat our indoor plants / couch cushions, chase the cats, and seems a bit calmer overall... We've truly never seen him sleep until this weekend, lol. Just thought this was pretty young to be behaving so well.

Absolutely normal.

He will hit the butthead stage at around 8 or 9 months, but he will be able to understand what you want, and if you are consistent with the training, all will be good.
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