Knowing what stage of life your dog is in can help you when you find yourself scratching your head wondering what the purpose was behind them chewing on your shoe or why they don’t want to move off of the couch today.

Usually small dogs mature much faster than the larger breed dogs. Larger breeds usually take longer to mature and have shorter life spans. Keep in mind each dog will mature and grow at difference paces. Below is a rough guideline to help you know what stage your dog is currently in.

  • Puppyhood usually ends between 6 months and 12 months of age. This is the time of life when your puppy is learning his way in life and how to interact with you and other dogs.
  • Adolescence is between 6 months and 18 months. This is the time of your puppies life when the hormones kick in! You may see some moodiness and even some regression with some of the things you have already taught them, like potty training or chewing. This is a great time to start obedience training.
  • Adulthood is between 1 to 3 years of age. Here you will begin to see that your dog doesn’t have the same amount of bouncing energy. Remember, even though they don’t have that same energy they still need exercise and activity.
  • Senior years are between 6 and 10 years of age.  At this stage in your dogs life you will begin to see the signs of age in his appearance and in his activities. They may also eat less and sleep more at this stage.

Each stage of your dogs life brings new experiences for them and for you. Remember to embrace these stages as they too shall pass.