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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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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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Coming up on 8 months, I really can't say when things started to feel "normal" again ... but maybe about a month or two ago? I'm not saying Spirit doesn't need constant supervision -- he does! He'd bring the house down if left to his own devices LOL. But we get along very well now and I'm noticing I'm a lot more relaxed day-to-day.
 

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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.
That's about the time that I've always noticed things starting to get easier too. I have had dogs go through a secondary chewing phase though, months after they originally stopped, so continue to supervise for a while longer, just in case. But by 6 months old they're fully housebroken, will indicate when they need to go out and don't have to be watched every single second, and they're sleeping through the night. For me, finally get a good nights sleep and being able to give the dog a bit more freedom so I can get things done without having to crate or put them outside makes life MUCH easier! They've also had quite a bit of training by then, so they're generally more manageable.
 

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That's about right, but as some have posted on here, they will revert, so you aren't totally out of the woods. Mine passed her AKC puppy class, but now that she isn't in a class (she wasn't quite old enough for CGC), she's getting a little wild again.
 

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Schatzi calmed down a bit at the 7 month mark, but right now at the 8 months she goes into high drive sometimes and it's like WOW :eek::wild::crazy: But when she mellows down it's awesome. Inside the house she knows the rules so she is not much of a pain besides trying to snatch any food left on the counter lol which I am working on to stop ASAP! haha.
 

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My son stayed with me last night. He's not familiar with my routine, nor with Spirit. He stayed up with Spirit past my bedtime and then didn't put him in my room when he went to bed. So Spirit had run of the house all night and part of this morning.

Nothing happened :)

There was a time I couldn't imagine not closing him in somehow when I couldn't watch him. I'm nowhere near ready to leave him home alone, but I'm considering trying another night with my door open to see how he does. I can't believe I'm saying this. I want to dance and cry at the same time :wub:
 

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Sasha still a little monster at almost 10 months. Although she has calmed down a bit, she doesn't fool me. With the help of frozen marrow bones, bully sticks and hooves, it makes my life a lot easier


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Oh I'd say every day that goes by things seem to get better so I can't pinpoint the exact time that she became 'manageable'. She still has her off days but they're getting less and far between...I'd say now, at about 3 she is a good dog...

My husky was a brat at less than one but he's recently (at a little less than 4) calmed down...
 

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mine was a complete monster until he turned 13 weeks. He is now a lot calmer, but he still gets into his bite frenzies every now and then.
 

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I'm at day one with my new best friend, and he seems to be off and on w his chewing. He's really got the "eat, play, and poop" thing down to a routine. It's a cycle, but he is awesome! ImageUploadedByPG Free1353243251.804223.jpg


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