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Teenage Puppy Problems!

Advice for your toy and small breed puppy

Surviving the teenage phase

From around 4-5 months, your puppy will start that awkward journey between puppy and adulthood. They’re rapidly reaching their adult height and they will soon have adult teeth, but they’ll still want their puppy toys to chew on.


Pushing boundaries

You’ll notice behavioural changes such as pushing boundaries and testing your patience. When you give your puppy a simple instruction like ‘sit’ do they sometimes look at you as if you’re speaking a different language?

One of the reasons puppies can be so naughty at the beginning is down to their short attention spans. When that happens, revisit the commands and training you used whilst training your pup at the beginning (don’t worry, it’s only temporary!).

Use positive praise and treats to remind them of their training but don’t forget to play with them and make it fun! Remember, they are just beginning to navigate this exciting world and every day brings new and exciting things to see, hear, paw and smell that are just too good to resist.


Teenage Kicks

They’re still in the ‘teenage’ phase, so it’s normal if they’re still pushing boundaries with their mischievous behaviour. As annoying as it can be sometimes, keep reinforcing positive training and show patience during this period as your puppy is naturally testing your limits.

On the other paw, you might notice your puppy grow shyer and lose confidence as you introduce them to new environments such as traffic, strangers and new places.

If you spot this behaviour, keep them well-exercised, enriched and encouraged during all behaviours – never forget to reward them when they’ve been good.

Is my puppy bored? Click here for your guide to puppy playtime…



Your puppy has come a long way since the newborn phase. There are lots of changes going on as they grow in height and weight into a fully-grown pooch.

Pups grow very quickly during this phase and you may notice changes every day. Cherish this precious time as they won’t be a puppy forever.

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