Dogs Act Like Teenagers
Ever notice that at a certain period dogs seem to last out? Not necessarily in a mean way; but they start disobeying and act differently. A new study shows that dogs experience puberty and changes just like teenagers causing them to act out - usually occurring when they reach 8 months old.
“There is abundant folk knowledge … that the behavior of adolescents differs from younger or older dogs,” says Barbara Smuts, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the research. This “very welcome” study, she says, is the first to back that up.
This fascinating study may be a model for determining how and why teenage kids act and what parents can do about it before and after puberty.
- Jenn Smith