Oh No, My Sweet Little Puppy Has Turned Into a Rebellious Teenager!

Filed in Living by on September 22, 2016 2 Comments

andersons-pawsAfter Munson passed away and before we adopted Anderson, I read a couple of books on how to raise and train a puppy. The authors warned that most puppies go through a short period, usually between 6 and 9 months of age, when they act much like human teenagers. Your formerly compliant and affable puppy suddenly turns unruly and defiant, testing their limits and your patience. Well, Anderson is 7 months, and he’s testing us daily!

He’s been teething for a couple of months now as his adult teeth emerge, causing him to want to nibble and chew on things to alleviate discomfort. But what began as mouthing my hand or a play toy has now turned into wholesale furniture destruction!

If I don’t watch him like a hawk, he’ll “go to town” on a couch cushion or chair leg and do some serious damage. The other day I was lying on the couch watching TV, and he was at my feet chewing on a bone (or so I thought). After several minutes he picked his head up and looked at me with a big wad of cushion stuffing in his mouth!

What I didn’t realize is that he had quickly switched from chewing on his boring old bone to working the zipper on the couch cushion he was lying on. He broke and pulled apart the zipper, and was biting off large chunks of foam. Bad doggie!

Also, commands like “sit” and “stay” that he had been responding to so well have somehow now conveniently become a mystery to him. I don’t know if he has actually forgotten them (unlikely), or if he’s just exercising his new, independent attitude. Punk!

This phase, as with most things in life, too shall pass. And so I am trying to be as patient as I can with my difficult teenage son.

The photo above was supposed to simply show how big his paws are getting (I liken them to a polar bear!), but you might have thought I was also preparing to string him up, which isn’t far from the truth!

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Colleen says:

    I remember you being just like Anderson when you were at Marist High School… Enough said about that. Don’t worry, he will “shape up” just like you did!

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