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Your Puppy Hits A Few Milestones At Around 4 Months Old
There is a Vaccinations signal the time when your puppy’s immune system is well developed. This is always a good time for me as I don’t have to worry about where I take my puppy. We reduce our puppy’s feeding schedule by going from 1 cup of food 3 times a day to 1.5 cups of food 2 times a day. I don’t have to worry about that snack anymore. My other dogs don’t have to get excited about a meal because they don’t have teeth. Does it? The puppy has bitey, nippy, mouthy behavior.
There is a quick recommendation. All of our puppies are fed a formula.
What Should Your Puppy Know At 4 Months Of Age?
Colby, vaccinations and feeding schedules are not important. When my puppy is 4 months old, what should he know?
There is a Around this time, our puppy has fully grasped potty training. They are usually very close with not much more than one accident per week. It’s possible to sleep through the night. Can stay in the crate for a short time during the day without barking, crying, howling, etc. Usually not 100% at this age, but puppy is allowed more freedom around the house. There are grocery stores. Shopping centers There is a movie. There are theaters and book stores. People are usually good with meet/greets with pups at this age. Dogs are usually just okay. There is a dog meet. Basic greets. Adherence Sit is usually close to 100% without distraction. Down is usually close to 100% without distraction. About 80% of recalls are reliable with no distraction. Your neighborhood is a good place to walk with a leash.
There is a quick recommendation. Puppies for Dummies will teach you how to raise and train a puppy. We recommend it to the new puppy owner. Puppies for Dummies was the first book I read before I brought my rescue puppy home.
A 4-6 Month Old Puppy
During the 3-6 month period, I usually notice puppy bliss as my puppy is still relatively small and cute, he listens, and understands most of the basics.
Puppies seem to hit a regression around 6 months.
My dog is much bigger and not as easy to handle.
Around the 6 month mark is when we take a step back with our puppy training.
It is similar to the defiant teenage years we see in our human children.
What are we going to do?
When we hit a regression in training, we take a step back and work from the beginning.
If our puppy starts having potty accidents in the house after we give him a little freedom, we will put him back on his leash and keep an eye on him 100% of the time.
Before he has an accident in the house, this allows us to catch him.
There is a quick recommendation. The Smart Bell is a potty training doorbell that our puppies are trained to use when they have to go potty. It requires a little bit of training, but it is a good alternative for your dog.
How Was Archer As A 4 Month Old Puppy?
There is a quick update. It has been several years since we wrote this article. A little girl with a traumatic brain injury is being helped by a service dog. Thank you for placing Archer with his new partner.
I don’t want to say it, but he was a better behaved puppy when he was 4 months old.
He may be better at something than others.
Puppy zoomies are the biggest bane for Archer at 8 months.
When he was a kid, we probably should have known about this.
During a zoomies attack, Archer jumped on the bed and was willing to play the chase game with anyone.
This behavior was not seen in the 4 month old version of Archer.
He had puppy zoomies at 4 months and we should have done a better job of keeping him in control.
It’s a quick tip. One of our favorite ways to manage puppy zoomies is to put our pup on a short 4 foot tie down and give him his favorite chew toy. Bully Sticks are great because they give your puppy a chance to calm down.
Enough about my puppies…
At 4 months, what were your puppies like? 6 months? 8 months?
Did your puppies experience the same bliss and regression?
You can tell us about your experiences in the comment section.
Things to do this month:
Your puppy will need lots of time to burn off its energy and learn to play nicely. Give your dog lots of toys to play with so they get a lot of mental stimulation. They don’t become bored. Make sure they have plenty of time to relax and sleep.
The grooming salon is a good place to take your puppy for their first cut. Most dog groomers offer an introductory session for puppies to get them used to being handled by a person. Stay with your puppy the first time they go to the groomers, keep it short and take lots of tasty treats. Going to the groomers will be a positive experience for your puppy. It’s a good idea to brush your puppy at home. They are happy about keeping their coat tangle free and being groomed.
Most of your puppy’s baby teeth should have been lost by now. They should have lots of teething chews to stop them from chewing on furniture and clothes.
Your puppy will need a puppy diet until they are 9 to 12 months old. It is important to weigh your puppy to make sure they are getting the right amount of food.