Pooch: Dogs too can get moody at puberty!

Have you found your pooch not obeying instructions when they are at five to eight months old? Instead, they just stare back with a defiant look? Turns out that dogs, just like human teenagers, become moody and rebellious when they reach adolescence! Dr Lucy Asher and her colleagues at Newcastle University have found in their research that dogs develop a disregard for rules around this age. In short, they would just not ‘sit’ when told to!


JUST HORMONAL CHANGES
This new finding could become a guide for pet parents, animal behaviourists and obedience trainers, helping them establish a better bond with the furry babies. Lavesh Mishra, a Delhi-based dog trainer, shares, “Generally, parents bring their pets to us at the age of six months for basic obedience training, and we keep hearing that most of them do not respond to the commands when they are back home. As such studies show, dogs may be going through hormonal changes just like humans.”

PEEVE FOR PET PARENT

Vet Dr BP Pandey has noticed something funny about pooches’ disregard for commands like sit, stay, heel from the carer. They do this only with the pet parent. If the obedience trainer or the doctor were to give the same command, they would listen!

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