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    Default What is the most challenging age for cavalier puppies?

    I have been trying to find out (breed specifically) when cavaliers test the waters and what the different stages entail as they mature.

    At 3 months Bella's hyper personality was in fully swing, and at 5 months it is still going strong, and she seems to have stopped listening to us (except when we have yummy treats).

    Does it get more challenging as they get closer to a year old or will she start to mature (settle down)?

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    According to my dog club, it is commonly around 9 months that most people have problems. That sort of makes sense because this is probably about puberty time. I guess it will depend upon the breed too.

    Often times what we think of as the dog as "testing us" is really just a young dog being overly excitable and sometimes not really sure of what we are expecting of them. It helps to think like a dog.
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    Do you think it will have any effect that she is being spayed at 6 months? Will she skip puberty ?

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    Marlon was neutered at 6 1/2 months and still went through a 'teenager' phase around 8-9 months old, where he decided to unlearn (ignore!) everything he'd been taught to do!

    His recall went from 100% to 0% so it was back to the lead. He's over a year old now and the recall is back! He's still 100% puppy though, stealing things, running round like a loon, playing with the other dogs and the cats .
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    The only one I had , long term problems, with was Teddy and this started at around a year. My springers, typically, went through a mad at around 7 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbara Nixon View Post
    The only one I had , long term problems, with was Teddy and this started at around a year. My springers, typically, went through a mad at around 7 months.
    That explains why so many springers seem to end up in rescue around the 7 month-ish age
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