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A few questions about 6 month old

Hi all. It's been awhile since I posted, but I often come here and read the threads because y'all have great advice. Oliver is now 6 months old and I have a couple of questions.

He has always been energetic but WOW! His energy level is suddenly through the roof and it's as if he's forgotten all his manners. Is this typical of this age? Could it be the onset of puberty? (He's getting neutered on Friday). He is suddenly barking at other dogs as well, which he has never done before. I took him to work with me one day last week and he was so overly excited that he just would not calm down. ACK!

Second question - he is chocolate and white and I know it is common for them to change colors. He has suddenly developed gray hair on the sides of his muzzle and on a few areas within the brown patches on his back. It seems like they appeared out of nowhere! So this is a weird question, but does the silvering gene cause their white hair to turn gray? Or their brown hair? Or both? And is it typical to see it start this early? I am quite excited to see how this unfolds!

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Abby is 9 months & I find that we unconsciously give her more slack with rambunctious behavior than we ever did with our bigger dogs. Didnít intend it, but because she gets constant attention like when going out to do business, where we could just let them in & out before, she needs watching to protect her from predators whether day or night, so itís just different. Itís kind of like having a constant baby, if that makes any sense. We are getting to the Ďgo lay downí stage when enough is enough, & she is responsive to it. She doesnít really want to be in trouble, so thatís good.
She is also chocolate & white, very similar to Oliver. She was still dark at 6 months but is getting more white hairs mixing in now. She is getting to be a dark cocoa color back by her tail, & I expect the rest to follow. Weíll all just have to wait & see
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We definitely give Oliver much more slack than we ever did our big dogs. He's just so darned adorable and he is the center of our universe, for sure. Abby and Oliver have very similar markings!
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I meant to tell you I hope everything goes well on Friday. Abby was spayed in January, & sailed right through it. Itís nice to have a puppy that everyone loves, & the puppy loves them back! When our old mini aussie had to have surgery for pyo, the vet said she went down ornery, & she came out ornery from the anesthetic. She has never wanted anybody to touch her but us. She is adorable & people want to pet her, but no dice, ever since she was a baby. Anyway, let us know how he is doing.
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Thanks, I will!
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The color thing is just so complicated, I can barely keep track of it all!

I canít say as to whether or not heís entering puberty, but I will say just assume nothing youíve taught is completely fixed - that perspective is whatís helping me most. To me the adolescent phase seems less like ďregressionĒ and more like he is sometimes so overwhelmed by energy and excitement that it is harder to follow through with skills he already knows. I think thatís really more of a progression into the next phase of really generalizing those skills anyway. But Iíll let you know if my view on this changes when my dog is closer to 2 years old - and I wouldnít be surprised if my next one is completely different!
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Totally typical!! Patti is 13.5 months old. Mornings and evenings she's off to the races. Teenage boys do a good job of wearing her out playing. Although, they complain about Patti wearing them out.
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Oliver is home from being neutered and is sleeping at my feet. He doesn't seem any worse for wear.
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Always a relief when you get them back home! He will likely sleep more this evening than usual. Iíve never had a problem getting males neutered, but I had fun with one of my colts one time. It was time for him, he was getting pretty full of himself, but I had one of the young vets on staff show up to do the deed. He anesthetized him, but after the colt was down, the vet said his balls were back inside & he didnít think weíd be able to do it that day unless we stood the colt up. I said OK letís get him up & Iíll try to brace him to the wall. The vet was shocked when I said this, as he was hoping to get a pass I think. As it turned out, we got it done, & it was then he told me that was his first solo gelding. I told him I was glad we made it memorable for him
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