When do dogs go through puberty? I believe many will start lifting their legs and marking around 9 months old, a sign of a maturing male. Before that they squat. Of course, there are always a few males who never lift their legs and others who do as little puppies, but most are around 9 months or so. They will also start looking older and more masculine and their testicles get pretty good sized.
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If her dad is 90 pounds, he is a very large standard. I mean- a rival of Dude! LOL. Lou will be big. She will get to her eventual size whether she grows fast or slower. There is no difference in eventual size by slowing their growth down if you can, but it is better for their joints, muscles and bones to grow nice and steady. It is easier said than done, but my vet told me to take Jazz off the very high quality puppy food that was high protein and put him on a quality adult food. I decided to put him on the same food my other dogs are on, which is a grain free food. The only thing I did was switch off the puppy food. He did seem to immediately stop growing so fast, but it could also be that he naturally started to slow down. I wouldn't switch a puppy without asking the vet as all pups are different. Also, not all adult foods are that great.
How old is Lou exactly? I can't remember. When's her birthday? Ask the vet about taking her off puppy food. You can tell if she is too heavy if you can't feel her ribs. If you can and they have a small layer over them then she is the right weight.
She looks good in her pictures, not too heavy or thin.
Thanks, she was only on puppy food till 3-4 months old, then I put her on "all stages" Canidae dog food. I just posted, on another thread, what I feed her. If you would like to see it... all the details etc :-)
She is going to be 7 months old on December 10th.
But I haven't weighed her again since she was 5.5 months old. I will ask my husband to weigh himself, then weigh himself carrying Lou and see how much she weighs cause she cant get on this small scale we have here.
I can feel her spine super easy but her ribs not so much because of all the hair, will check again tomorrow when she wakes up
I was wrong in an earlier post. My pup is 26" and
58lbs at 7 1/2 mths, rather than 48lbs as I stated earlier. Is that on target? he is certainly not fat!. Do you think he will end up at 27? His mom is 26 1/2 and his dad 27 1/2.
I read the articles above and I agree. I will wait till he is a year before neutering. There seems to be allot of good reasons to wait.
Please God...... everyday, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.
Our vet told us to neuter Tate at around 6 months .. that was what we did. We waited almost a year for a Standard we had years and years ago and he still marked things and was bad about humping everything and everybody ~
Tate never got fat, but we fed him exactly the same amount of the same food every day with no treats, other than a "cookie" now and then. He never ever tasted "people" food. I just didn't want to deal with a dog that begs every time he sees someone eating.. it worked.
Well let me clarify that Rhett is losing baby teeth (k9) the double k9 on the bottom are really loose. I feel that he will lose them very soon... I have been down the dental surgery road with my Jip. Also been down the road of not neutering and all the marking that happens. Thank heavens he was a very tiny toy. I really do not want to have a repeat performance of the marking. Rhett is sooo much taller and bigger bladder so the spots will be bigger. Lol!!! I weighed him last night and he was 34 pounds at 20 weeks.. I have yet to get his height.. So now I will sit and think read and think more... So many things to consider..
I guess I am tolerant on the "marking" thing because I just adjust to it. I compare it to emails, when they smell arround a tree or a post they "read emails", and when they pee over it they "send emails". I have a female and a male and they both love to read and send emails when we go outside;o)
If Sushi was humping everything or people I would have him neutered but I was lucky because he never did. He is in contact with other dogs all the time and he tries to hump some of them and sometimes he is the one beeing humped on. I think this is a normal behavior between dogs so again I just adjust to it.
If you think you will not be able to adjust to these behaviors you should probably neuter your dog earlier, I guess arround 6-8 months.
What is great is to have the opportunity to choose depending on our tolerance an opinion instead of just "we do the same for all dogs".
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Pup's mom, It's nice to see you again. Any puppies in your future?
Juliet, That's a nice looking dog in your signature! I have been thinking about trimming my male in a short cut. They have to have a nice body to make it work and yours does.
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In My Opinion ...
Marking ( which is really just another word for dogs peeing all over the house) and humping are really awful to live with.
An otherwise wonderful dog can be dreadful to be around. You end up with a home that always has this vague pissy smell and I cannot put into words how awful it is to be around a humping male dog .
As if we all don't know that already
In my experience, it reflects badly on the owner and no one will like the dog .
I had one of those dogs .. a magnificent huge blue/silver Standard, years and years ago.
I didn't know what I was doing, he was probably smarter than me and I had 2 small children that were hard enough to housebreak ~
I lived in it so didn't realise how really unpleasant the dog and his smell were .. until a kind/rude? neighbour mentioned it.
Tate never humped anything or anyone.
And in all our homes... in all our states.. in all our countries that we lived in with him, he never had a mistake in the house.
When they are trained properly to live with people, there is nothing better.
Thank you !
It only hurts a little bit when I read these forums and see photos of everyone's dogs, so I guess I am healing. I still listen for him sometimes and I still , out of the corner of my eye, think he is down the hall .. lying here waiting for me to go for a walk.
I wonder if I will ever not miss him, but at least I am not weeping every day. Progress of a sort :- )
We are moving back to the US in a few months, there is definitely a Puppy and a Cat in our future .. besitos <3
Regarding feeling your pups ribs, Lou, when we moved to Argentina, Pup had to change foods.. we did that back in the US , and he did well. But he was not that interested in eating. I gave him a sample I had gotten from a vet for some dog food that was a lot cheaper than his Royal Canin and he loved it, licked the bowl.. he only ever ate dry food.
(and roast chicken) I thought if he loves the food so much, I will start him on it and he will enjoy his meals more. I guess it took about a month for us to realize that under his big fluffy coat, there were distinct ribs sticking out and he was much less energetic.
Vet said get him back on the Royal Canin, we did, mixing it with a bit of fresh chicken to tempt him and he gained his weight right back. phew !
He pretty much maintained a weight of about 60 pounds ..
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