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Turning two for dogs is similar to turning 18 for humans in one big way: it's the young adult phase of life. At the age of two, dogs have physically, mentally and emotionally matured to a point where they no longer act or look like puppies. Of course they'll still have quite a bit of energy and youthfulness, but dogs at this age have gone through some significant changes. Here's a general idea of what to expect when your dog turns two:
By the time most dogs turn two, they have typically reached physical maturity (large dogs, like Great Danes, sometimes need an extra year). This means that their bodies have finished developing and, more specifically, that they have:
Dogs also become more mentally and emotionally mature by the time they turn two years old. This means that they've grown out a lot of their old puppy behaviors. You'll likely see:
So while we all love puppies and how irresistibly adorable they are, the next phase of their life is an exciting one, filled with lots of growth and learning!