Introduction

Time moves fast. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday your fur baby had a chubby tummy, wobbly legs, and was caught devouring your favorite pair of shoes? Now they are a full size ball of energy that has you wrapped around their paw. They are settled into a routine and have caught on to basic commands. But here’s a little secret- in the grand scheme of things, your pooch is still considered a puppy. They are still learning, pushing boundaries, and establishing their place in the pack. Read on to learn how you can help your pup during this stage of life. 

Growth and Development

By now, your furry friend should be eating adult dog food. Choose a quality dog food that will give your pup maximum nutrition, while not overloading them with calories. Size, activity level, and breed are some of the factors that determine how much food your dog needs. Consult your vet or a dog nutritionist to determine what type and quantity of food to give your pooch. Speaking of activity level, don't forget that your pup thrives on daily exercise. The amount depends on things like breed and size. High energy and working breeds need way more exercise than a tiny lap dog. Not only does activity stimulate their mind, it keeps them fit and healthy and out of trouble. Just like humans, dogs with a sedentary lifestyle are at risk for numerous health problems. While your pup will love any type of exercise, try new activities to spice up their life. Fetching, swimming, agility training, and hiking are pawsome alternatives to walking.

Health

At two years old, your pup has their adult set of teeth, so it’s time to get brushing! Invest in a doggy toothbrush and canine toothpaste (skip the human toothpaste since it contains fluoride), and introduce your pup to the process little by little. Canine dental care is super impawtant, and the earlier your dog gets used to it the better. Dry kibble and some chew toys help clear away build up on your dog’s pearly whites. But they don’t get rid of tartar and they definitely don’t prevent periodontal disease. Heartworm prevention should already be part of your care routine. Be sure to also ask your vet about flea and tick products. Depending on the climate you live in and whether or not your pup regularly explores the great outdoors, you may need to purchase some quality protection against these horrible critters. When it comes to these nasty pests, a little prevention goes a long way!

Training

Has your beloved pup been pushing your buttons lately? Don’t worry, it’s completely normal for this age. Your fur baby is on the tail end of the rebellious teenage phase. Besides challenging your authority, your pup may exhibit new naughty behavior like biting or leash pulling. As you work to correct them, remember to be patient, consistent, and pawsitive. You can also remind them that you are the boss by making them sit before meals and having them walk behind you when entering a room.
Toys
Toys

Puzzles

To stimulate their mind, try giving your pup a puzzle toy.
Training
Training

Practice makes Pawfect

Practice basic training commands on a daily basis.
Food
Food

2 Meals a Day

Feed your pup two meals of adult dog food per day.
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