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Puppy | What to Expect at 6 Months

Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Happy 6th month anniversary to your prized pupper!

By now, your tailwagger has lived on this earth for half a year and is growing accustomed to this barking mad world. Suddenly, yapping, growling and general signs of dominance start to occur. This is known as the ‘teenage’ phase, as they start to test boundaries, develop hormones and become mischievous. Although this may get on your nerves, it’s important to keep reinforcing positive training and show patience during this period as your puppy is likely to be testing you. 

On the flip side, some puppies actually go the other way at this age and lose confidence as they are introduced to new environments such as traffic, strangers and new places.

Keep your puppy well-exercised, enriched and encouraged during all behaviours and remember to reward them when they’ve been good.

Hump Day

It’s also around this time that puppies enter the dreaded humping phase and begin testing their *ahem* skills out on cushions, soft toys and in worst-case scenarios, humans!

This is normal, natural behaviour that is in every dog’s DNA. However, if it starts to become a bit pesky there are certain steps you can take to minimise humping.

  • Before your dog starts humping, they are likely to exhibit certain behaviours such as panting, pawing and licking. Try to distract them with simple training commands or toys before this escalates.
  • Spaying and neutering will reduce their sex drive. If this is the route you want to take it’s best to discuss options with your local vet.
  • If your dog has taken a shining to Aunt Hilda’s leg or Sharon’s armchair, this can be embarrassing for all parties. In this scenario, giving your pupper a short time out without toys can do the trick.


Around the 6-month mark, most puppies begin to shed their baby coats. Double-coated breeds (Huskies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Pomeranians etc) may begin to look a bit dishevelled during this period as the old coat falls away and is replaced by the adult coat. Smooth-coated breeds (Collies, Jack Russells, Pugs) will develop a smooth, glossy coat but the change will be minimal.

Ensure you keep your dog well-groomed during this period, particularly the long and curly-coated breeds where fur can get matted.

The 6 month bite-sized feeding bible

#1 At this point, you can move your puppy down from 3 meals a day to 2. Cut this down gradually so that they get used to having less and beware the puppy dog eyes.

#2 The amount of food your puppy requires can also be slimmed down slightly. Now, instead of 20g per 1kg of weight, the amount should be reduced to 15g per 1kg of weight. So, if your dog weighs 6kg, they will require 90g of total food per day.

#3 Kongs are a great way to keep your puppy entertained and make the most of the eating experience. Our wet food, Penlan Farm Free-Range Chicken is suitable for puppies as long as it is fed in moderation and a great Kong option.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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