From the age of 12 weeks to 6 months, puppies go through some major physical and behavioral changes, such as growing to their adult size, teething, and fear of new places and people. Be prepared to care for your doggy during this important developmental stage.
Puppies are usually kept in homes between 8 and 12 weeks of age. If you are adopting or buying a young puppy, there is a good chance that the puppy is closer to 12 weeks to 6 months (three months of age).
Between 12 and 16 weeks, your puppy may destructively chew on toys or household items and become fearful of its surroundings. It is essential to have a consistent exercise routine, calm behavior, and a reward system for proper.
Physical Development: 12 Weeks To 6 Months Puppy
Around 12 weeks to 6 months of dog age, puppies begin to control their bladders and bowels better. They may start sleeping through the night without any accidents or potty breaks. House training may start to run more smoothly in the coming weeks. Make sure you keep a fairly regular schedule. Most dogs can be fully trained in four to five months.
By 12 weeks of age, your puppy’s teeth will begin to erupt. You may notice excessive biting and chewing, sore or red gums, and missing teeth from the mouth. You might even get the occasional baby teeth! When teeth erupt, some puppies become frustrated or agitated.
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Be sure to provide plenty of doggy-safe toys during this time. At about 16 weeks or four months, teething should slow down. All adult teeth will be there by the age of six months.
Warning: Keep dangerous “chewable” out of reach (electrical wires, shoes, and houseplants). It will help put your doggy in a crate when you are not at home to keep him safe.
Between 12-and 16 weeks of age, your puppy will look a little less like a baby puppy dog and a little more like a miniature dog version. She is likely to grow rapidly from four to six months of age. Your puppy will be close to its future adult size by six months of age.
Most small dog breeds will be nearly weaned by six months. Large and giant dog breeds can be about half their adult size. Medium dogs still have some more to grow, but they are usually about 75% grown by the time they are six months old.
12 Weeks To 6 Months Puppy Behavior Changes
Your 12-week-old pup is nearing the end of an important socialization window. Make the most of this period by exposing your dog to new people, places, and things. Until your dog is fully vaccinated, he should not be around unknown animals or on the ground in public places.
Try to have various people and healthy animals come to your home and have positive experiences with your puppy. You can take your dog to houses where you know the pet has been vaccinated and is healthy. Take your dog to public places, exposing him to loud noises, falling objects, and small crowds. Work on handling the puppy so that he gets used to the handling. When socializing with your puppy, always keep things upbeat.
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Depending on the breed, a dog’s adolescence usually begins around six months of age and will continue from 18 months to 2½ years of age. Expect to see a slightly rebellious side for your puppy as he begins to test his limits. You may notice your dog ignoring the cues to which it was previously trained.
She may also have some destructive chewing at this stage (due to teething, general teen abuse, and possibly boredom). Make sure your puppy dog gets plenty of exercise and work on training regularly. Be consistent and firm.
12 Weeks To 6 Months Puppy Health and Care
Your puppy (12 Weeks To 6 Months Puppy) will need to visit the pet vet for regular vaccinations, deworming, and check-ups between 8 and 16 weeks. It is essential to keep your puppy dog away from unknown animals and public places where other animals may be during this period. When the vaccines are complete, and your vet clears everything up, your puppy can begin to go to the park, walk, and play with other dogs (under careful supervision, of course).
After 4 months of age, most puppies will not need to see the vet for routine visits until adulthood. Be sure to ask any remaining questions at the puppy’s last visit (usually when the rabies vaccine is given, around 16 weeks). Talk to your pet vet about the best way to care for your rapidly growing puppy.
If your dog will be neutered, this is most often done between five and six months of age. Ask your pet vet for personalized recommendations for your dog. The ideal age to be neuter or neutered can vary depending on breed and size.
Food and Nutrition
Proper feeding and nutrition are an essential part of your puppy’s development. Ensure you are feeding puppy food (dog food labeled for growth) and feeding the appropriate amount. As he grows, your puppy will need more and more food.
During this time of rapid growth of the dog, evaluate the amount your puppy feeds your puppy dog at least once a week to determine if it needs to be adjusted. Commercial dog diets will have a feeding chart based on the puppy’s weight and age. If you choose to feed homemade safe, and healthy puppy food, you will need to take extra care to provide the proper recipe and calorie content.
When feeding, make sure they are healthy, non-toxic, and not over-fed. Puppy treats should never make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake.
Warning: When chewing, avoid bones, horns, hooves, hard nylon dog toys, or other hard chews. Adult teeth are still coming in, and chewing may cause pain or bruising in the mouth.
You should start training your puppy dog as soon as she comes home with you. One of the 1st things you will focus on is home training. Most puppies begin to succumb to it between 12 and 16 weeks of age and will be fully trained at around four or five months.
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It’s also important to focus on obedience training. Teach your puppy dog basic commands like sit, stay, and down. Train the recall cue as quickly as possible. You will also need to be taught manners, such as no jumping, no excessive barking, and no biting (many puppies are especially mouthful between 12 and 16 weeks).
Leash training is essential at this stage of your puppy’s life. After 16 weeks of age, you can start walking your dog in public. Begin getting your puppy used to the leash no later than 12 weeks. Then, train your puppy to walk on a leash. Start with your home, then move to your yard. Work your way out.
One of the best ways to start training your puppy is by signing up for a puppy dog training class. Classes are run by experienced dog trainers who can help guide you through basic training and even address some minor puppy behavior problems.
Classes consist of small groups of healthy, vaccinated puppies. Puppy training classes can help socialize your dog and enable him to learn despite the distractions.