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Study Says Dogs Also Go Through Puberty

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Researchers from a recent study found that dogs going through puberty, just like humans, can also be awkward and disrespectful.

To look into adolescent obedience in Golden Retrievers and Labradors, 69 dogs were observed by researchers from Newcastle University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Edinburgh. They discovered that commands delivered by the dog’s carer during adolescence had less of an effect than if the same command was issued by a stranger. Tests conducted afterward revealed that the young puppies were consciously choosing not to respond to their owners.

Dogs that were between five and eight months old and in the pre-pubescent stage were far more open to training than canines that were getting close to their first birthday.

The study’s participants were then increased to 285 dogs, including crossbreds and Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. The results were consistent, indicating that age rather than breed is a factor in adolescent behavior.

The researchers concluded by saying that understanding and support should be given instead of scolding and punishment. The typical behavior in pups, which may make their owners furious or even give them up for adoption, may be a result of puberty and should only be considered as a passing period.

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