That’s a fair enough question, but why would you want your cockapoo to calm down? For us, a dog’s craziness and joie de vivre is what makes him unique, no matter how old he gets. If by calming down, you mean getting past the puppy and terrible tween phase where he chews everything, nips, jumps and is just downright rebellious, you’ll be pleased to know, it will happen when he reaches adulthood.
Just like kids, cockapoos (and other puppies) go through different phases, like the terrible two’s (two months for pups as opposed to two years for kids), the f#cking fours (yes, four months for dogs and four years for kids) and the terrible teens. But they all grow up, and calm down. For dogs, this can be between one and two years, although a cockapoo can start getting their adult coat as early as eight months.
Timing and Training
So the good news is your cockapoo will calm down as he gets older, but the not so great news is that it’s not just going to happen on its own. You, as his pawrent are going to need to put in the time and energy, teach him some of the basic commands and expose him to all sorts of new experiences. Dogs thrive in pack settings, and if he feels like he’s a part of a loving family, it’ll make him feel safer, which means he’ll feel at ease and be calm.
An Older Cockapoo is a Calmer Cockapoo
As your cockapoo gets older, from about seven years, he might start experiencing age-related issues, but somewhere in between his puppy years, the terrible teens and “old age” are his (and your) best years. While he might not be stealing shoes, toys and other valuable items, he has enough energy for walks, playtime and other fun activities. If you notice that he doesn’t have as much energy as normal, or is more listless, there’s a good chance he’s not feeling well.
How to Calm Your Cockapoo Down Naturally
Dogs, just like people, have their own personalities and energy levels. While one cockapoo might like hanging out on the sofa another will go stir-crazy if he’s stuck indoors for too long. Here are a few ways for you to calm your cockapoo down naturally.
One of the easiest and most convenient ways to get rid of pent-up energy is to take your pup for a walk, keeping in mind we don’t mean a quick walk around the block. For a walk to take its toll, it needs to be an hour or more, or if you can,a run is even better.
Dogs love to play, and you can burn up some of his energy with a game of fetch or hide and seek. Cockapoos need mental stimulation, as much as they need to be active, so hide treats around the house and let him find them. Treat-dispensing toys are a great idea as are snuffle mats.
If you cockapoo enjoys it, why not invite a furry friend over for a playdate or take him to a dog park. Obviously, it helps if he’s socialized, which is where you come in as a responsible pet owner.
If your pup is alone at home for hours on end during the day, you might want to consider doggy daycare. He can get rid of all that energy while you’re at work, and the two of you can relax when you’re home. Daycare facilities are quite flexible, and if every day isn’t an option, you can ask about two or three days a week.
Some cockapoos stay young at heart regardless of their age, but if you feel like your dog isn’t as calm as he could be, make sure he’s getting enough physical activity and mental stimulation. A bored pup is usually a destructive one.