Has your dog hit puberty? Have you Desexed your dog?

Believe it or not Cooper is almost out of his puppyhood stage of life – he is entering adolescence and about to reach sexual maturity!! Cooper is turning into a beautifully natured dog! Although he still does get overly excited around other dogs, pulls a little bit on the lead and doesn’t always come when called. One reason for these issues is the stage of life Cooper is in.

The adolescent life stage in a dog starts at the onset of puberty and lasts for several months.  Puberty is a complex biological process involving sexual development, physical growth, and adrenal maturation.  There is no set age for every breed or individual, but most medium-sized dogs begin puberty at around 6 months of age.  Testosterone production in males begins, and females’ bodies begin “getting ready” for the first heat cycle. 

Cooper and Jax a few months ago showing some man love!

The phase of puberty is usually rather short and will last from between one month and six weeks. It starts around the sixth month, and can manifest itself in many different ways: often your dog may behave badly and won’t want to learn anything new. Sometimes he may forget what he has learned so far, or at least pretend to. Continuing training during this period is so critical to your dogs development so please don’t let it frustrate you – you need to persist. By 6 months of age you should have taught your dog the basic rules and manners of living in your house – so try to maintain this. We are being proactive with Cooper and have just started a 12-week basic obedience course as a way to reinforce the training he has already had.

Cooper out for a walk and training session on his gentle leader

In a few days time Cooper will be turning 6 months old and a day later will be desexed (spayed is the term for males and neutered is the term for females). This is another good way of dealing with your dog when he/she is becoming sexually mature – it wont solve your problems, but it may slightly help them. Desexing involves the surgical removal of the ovaries and the uterus in the female and the testicles in the male. Personally I think spaying or neutering your dog should help to settle all the hormones running through your dogs body and slightly calm them and I also think it is a great way to control the overpopulation of dogs. 

Cooper cooling down on a hot day 

According to the RSPCA;


“Desexing not only saves lives but it benefits your dog:

·       they are less likely to wander, run away and get into fights

·       they are less likely to spray and mark their territory

·       they can live longer, healthier lives

·       they are more affectionate, better companions

·       they are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviour”

Have you desexed your dog??

What was your reason?

Side note: this was in 2013 – and since we desexed Cooper there has been more scientific research to say that it actually may be better to wait until they are older to desex as the hormones can help with certain cancers etc. So please make sure to do your homework before desexing your dog too young.



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