How to Understand Maturity in Dogs
The fact that your Bernedoodle puppy reaches its max weight and height does not mean it’s fully mature. You should pay attention to other cues indicating that your furry friend is an “independent” member of your family.
Your Doodle Becomes Less Curious
We all want our big and small dogs to remain playful and curious at all times. But at some point, most dogs will stop exploring the world around them. And you will notice that they no longer want to bite, lick, or chew everything in their way.
Your Doodle Becomes Less Active
Bernedoodle puppies are known for having a moderate amount of energy, similar to their parent, a Bernese Mountain dog. As your Standard or Mini Bernedoodle grows, it will have less energy but not because of laziness or disinterest, but because there are fewer new things to explore. Hence, as a pet parent, you will need to provide a sufficient amount of activities so that your pup doesn’t develop any health-related issues.
Your Doodle Starts Acting Strangely
As your puppy grows, it will reach sexual maturity between 6 to 9 months of age or later. And when they reach 9 to 11 months of age, their growth plates close. Consult with your vet and learn when it is best to spray or neuter your dog, as some experts believe it is best to do before the growth plates close. Afterward, the procedure may affect hormones and proper bone growth.
Sexual maturity can be compared to puberty, but for dogs, their behavior changes. During this phase, you will notice strange behavior, but thankfully, it’s only temporary.
Your Doodle Will Have All of Its Adult Teeth
Once your pup loses its milky teeth, it’s considered to reach maturity. Note that some dogs have all of their adult teeth at a different timespan, depending on their genetics.
Your Doodle Creates a Strong Bond with You
Mental maturity in dogs is as important as any other. In the first two months of age, puppies stay with their mother, and this is very important for their emotional development. Only after about 8 weeks can they form a connection with humans.
8-week-old Bernedoodles are capable of bonding with humans; hence, you should provide a safe and positive environment for them during that time.
At three months of age, Bernedoodles absorb all the information they receive. This stage is ideal for training, too. Mental maturity involves the feeling of happiness and fear that dogs start to understand and experience.
During mental development, any negative or traumatic situation can imprint in the mind and have a lasting effect.