Sunday, January 16, 2011


 I've just been reading an interesting article in the latest Dog's Life magazine.
 It's about adolescent dogs and perfectly describes.....
Gone thank heavens  are the  chewing  and the accidents-in-the-house stages; but we now have a teenage dog who runs off when she can, ignores being called or directions--even more than the usual terrier character--makes her own rules and can be exasperating.  She jumps up on furniture to steal food, tries to grab treats out of HER hand, pushes to the front.......the list goes on!  Then, she suddenly becomes a puppy again, wanting  cuddles or reassurance.  Luckily, it doesn't last as long a human adolescence and she'll be 2 in March, so maybe we're at the end of this phase. 
Any more adolescent dogs out there?  Share.


  1. Sounds like Bella needs to get entered into MangoMinster 2011. I believe you will see the Perfect CATagory fur her to enter!!!! I'm just sayin.

  2. Franklin is just coming out of adolescence since he must be around two right now. Luckily for everyone Shar Pei aren't ever too bad when it comes to house manners. Actually, we kind of untrained him in a couple of areas. So the chewing is not bad and he doesn't have accidents in the house, but he is definitely just a kid when it comes to wanting to roughhouse and in how he runs and "hides" under the chair if you want to clean his ears or do anything at all that he won't love. And the jumping up on humans is not everyone's favorite thing. And chasing the kitties is one of his less popular activities - with everyone, not just the kitties. He's getting a little better about some of those things, though.

  3. Oh my goodness! Bella sure does do a lot of the same things as our coon hound, Daisy, and she's a little over 2 yrs old! Daisy has recently bitten the toe and the pompoms of my long pink sweater slippers, taken a few bites out of Buster's (our cat) wicker basket and the list goes on and on! Perhaps Bella and Daisy should go to Charm School together! Do Charm Schools offer a 2 for 1 sale price if they register together?

  4. Oh great! My puppy is 8 months old and I was thinking things started to get easier when they got older! :P

  5. Holly is now four years old and finally settling down into a regular rountine. The first three years were quite wild at times!! Lots of love, Debbie and mom

  6. I am 4 yrs old and past that stage!! Mom said if I didnt get out of it, I might not make it to 3!! YIKES!! that was enough fur me!!


  7. Oh gosh, Bella, hope she gets past that stage fast!

  8. Aww, but in her picture she looks so innocent!

    I'm 5 & still somewhat naughtier than my people would like.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  9. oh no! Is this what I have to look forward to with my two 12 month old boys? Probable worse, cos they are boys and there are two f them to egg each other on!

  10. Hi Bella
    You sound just great. A dog after my own heart!
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (one year old next month).

  11. Human toddlers and adolescent dogs. For the furnitures sake thank heavens it's just a stage .

  12. ahhhhhh... the terrible twos ya... hahhahaa.. she'll be over that soon :)

  13. Oh, boy. I feel like you're describing Lucy!

  14. Uh, I hate to tell you girls, that I'm turning five in a couple of months and that means I'm approaching my MID LIFE CRISIS. Ta dum.

    This, too, shall pass.

  15. I am at just over year, mom says I'm not to bad, but listen up, its early days, and I know how to press her buttons ;)
    See Yea George xxx

  16. Bella are you related to my Lily?
    Benny (& Lily)

  17. Bella, have you thought abouts entering MangoMinster in the Bad Sport category? What? Why did I suggest that? Um, no reason.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  18. The teenage years are never easy! Enjoy them while they last, Bella!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  19. My boys will be 2 in April - and their behavior sounds just like Bella's. They listen (when they want to) and come (when they want to). I think part of that behavior is being an independent terrier, too!! Hang in there -
    Judie, Duncan & Hamish

  20. miss bella,

    i'm an adolescent doggie right now, too. we'd make a grrreat team. HEEHEEHEE.

    *evil grins*
    the booker man