The puppy gradually matures into a young dog, comparable to a pubescent teenager. A young dog is said to be around 6 months old, this varies depending on the dog breed. The acquired puppy equipment should be replaced by equipment adapted to the size of the dog.
- Dog bed, basket, blanket, etc.,
- Food and water bowl,
- Care products (e.g. brush),
- Collar / harness and leash,
- Transport box or seat belt etc.
In contrast to a puppy, a young dog should already be house-trained, which is very beneficial for you, at the same time you practice lingering with the dog in the sleeping area.
It would be ideal if the young dog has already mastered a few commands, has been socialized through a dog course, for example, and is used to all the impressions of daily life. But there is absolutely nothing to prevent you from continuing to attend a course in the dog school with your family member, in addition to learning further commands or consolidating the commands you have already practiced, this also strengthens the bond with your dog. As with a puppy, you can also use the young dog's pronounced instinct to feed and play positively for training. If the dog has not yet been socialized and has not yet been trained, start in short sequences just like with a puppy so as not to overwhelm the dog.
If you haven't had your young dog with you since it was a puppy, integrate and get your new family member used to your everyday life from day one. Take your dog everywhere with you, so you not only strengthen the bond, but also get him used to all the noises of daily life, but as a rule this should already have happened when he was a puppy.
If your dog has already mastered the basic commands, you can also teach him a few tricks, such as doing a roller, turning on its own axis or shaking paws. Here you create a good basis of trust in your dog, strengthen the bond and also keep him mentally occupied so that he is fully utilized. A dog that is mentally and physically underutilized is in most cases suitable for undesirable behavior such as chewing shoes, nibbling on furniture or obsessive-compulsive disorder such as licking paws or tail chasing.
If you have found pleasure in various activities with the dog, there are many options such as rescue dog courses, tracking courses, ABC sports, agility, mass sports, flyball, maintrailing etc. Of course, this activity should suit both your dog and you. The physical load should also be adapted to the growth of the dog. Avoid long bike rides and jumping with the young dog too often, as the bone structure is not yet consolidated.