Originally Posted by gmlloyd87
We grabbed up an adorable gsp pup last August. He is about 8 months old now and has recently started going psycho. .
Ahhhh your dog is most likely going through his adolescent stage or teenage stage. Good luck! Hold on for the crazy ride!
Here is a really good short online article that may help you understand your pup's new crazy behavior!! Your Adolescent Puppy and Changes to Expect https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/he...puppy-changes/
The most challenging time of raising a puppy is the adolescent period. Dogs become “teenagers” and seem to forget everything they have ever been taught. This period is individual to each dog, but it may begin when he’s about eight months old and continue until he’s two years old.
Adolescence does not begin and end overnight. However, some noticeable changes include becoming larger and stronger, as well as exhibiting “stubborn” behavior
and a desire to begin exploring outside a previous comfort zone.
One common mistake is giving your puppy too much freedom too soon. Young puppies have an innate desire to be near you, and this gives owners a false sense of security. As your puppy gets older and more confident, he will likely no longer stay close by, and it may feel like any prior training has disappeared! Positive reinforcement is essential
, so make sure you reward your pup with appropriate treats when he succeeds. Self-Control
Start teaching your puppy to exercise self-control. Teaching “leave it”
and “drop it”
are great ways for dogs to learn self-control, and this transfers into other areas of your dog’s life. REWARD YOUR DOG!
Use whatever your dog likes best to reward him or her for making good choices, especially if he makes a good choice without being prompted. Maybe your puppy sits to ask for attention — don’t take that for granted! Reward your puppy for making good decisions like this, and he will continue to make those good decisions. Puppy Chewing and Teething
Keep those puppy-safe chew toys handy during adolescence. You may think that teething ended when the adult teeth came in at around 6 months. But there is a secondary chewing phase between 8-to-10 months that occurs as the adult teeth settle in the jaw
. Continue to puppy-proof your house, keep an eye on your adolescent, and keep enticing chew
toys in easy reach of him. MENTAL STIMULATION
Mental stimulation is important for dogs and puppies of any age, but it’s particularly important for adolescent dogs with a lot of energy. Help keep your teen dog from getting into trouble by providing plenty of mental stimulation.
Activities like fetch, walks, games, obedience and trick training, puzzle toys, food-dispensing toys, and group classes are great ways to keep your dog’s mind active. A tired dog is a good dog, but a mentally tired dog is a great dog!