During the 9 – 12 months developmental growth of the puppy, emotional maturity is one of the changes you will instantly notice. The growth spurt is also evident at this stage. However, the rate at which they develop will start to moderate and will change, contingent upon the breed and size of your dog. If neutering is not yet introduced, expect the hormones of the dog to increase and show aggressive behavior. Male dogs will also show the habit of mounting over a female dog. And if proper training is introduced in their early months, they will progress from urinating while sitting to lifting their one leg up when they pee. Around these months, the dog is already accustomed to the grooming method and willingly participate in the grooming process with the veterinarian.
Behavior And Progress
If the puppy is properly trained by the pet owner in socializing with other dogs, defiant or the rebel attitude has lessened if diligence training has been carefully built up. Continue the training and reward their good behavior with positive affirmations and little rewards like; snack or a chewy toy. Anxiety may also start to show up every time you try to leave them at home. Ensure that they do not get emotionally stressed out when you make a quick trip to the grocery or need to go to work. For short trips, bring the dog along so they can maintain the bonding and physical activity with you towards their first year.
Health and Food
Specially formulated pet food is still advisable up to twelve months. Before they reach the twelfth month, the puppy must already complete their needed immunizations against illnesses transmitted by socializing with other dogs. Boosters must also be introduced. The veterinarian must design a new immunization plan for the next months or so, and you must be able to discuss this and with the vet how the dog can comply with it. Feeding must also be regulated, and regular monthly check up is strongly suggested. It is an assurance that any health problems and infection can be easily detected and acted upon by the pet owner and the veterinarian.
Training And Dog Care Tips
Along with emotional maturity and growth spurt, the puppy must be trained further regarding agility and activities that will encourage them to become physically active. Flyball, fetching a stick from a considerable distance, and walking every afternoon will keep them busy, distract their attention from chewing on your shoes, chargers, or the living room furniture. It is their adult stage, and it is appropriate to give them mental training, discipline them about house rules, where they must pee and poop, and how to behave when socializing outdoors. Unruly behavior must be controlled in their first year like; running nonstop inside and outside the house, loud barking to grab the pet owner’s attention, and how they behave when mixed with other dogs. If you see them mounting another dog or getting mounted on, discipline the dog, especially when your pet is not yet neutered (for male dogs) or spayed (for female dogs).