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What should your puppy know and be learning at 3 and 4 months?

Updated: May 31, 2023

You have probably just recently got your puppy and have brought it home. Everything is new in both your puppy’s and your world. You need to start getting in the flow of having an everyday routine for your puppy. Puppies go through a fear phase between – 12 weeks old. This is right around when you are bringing your new puppy home. They are going through a lot of changes during this time. So, try to make this as stress-free as you can.

Potty training is key here. Start getting a consistent dailyschedule down. Take your puppy out after they have eaten, played, taken a nap, trained, etc. Do this every 30 minutes to an hour.

Teething is also a behavior that you will be experiencing. Your puppy is wanting to chew and bite everything. They are wanting to explore the world basically with their mouth. Redirect your puppy to play with a toy or chew on a toy when they start chewing on you. You also start doing some basic cues with them to focus your puppy on training instead of biting at you. Crate training: A crate should be a safe and comfortable place for your puppy to be in and relax. It is useful for potty training so that you don’t have to constantly watch where your puppy is in the house. If you have taken your puppy outside and it didn‘tgo potty, bring it back inside and put it in the crate. Then after a few minutes, take the puppy back outside., etc. Using a crate is also helpful if your puppy is chewing everything in the house. This way, your puppy is in a safe place and won‘t get into any trouble. You also can leave your puppy in the crate when you are going to leave and be gone for an extended time.

Basic obedience: Your puppy should be able to learn to sit, down, come, wait, walk on a leash, listen to you, and name recognition. Start teaching your puppy its name right away. Say your puppy's name; if it looks at you, give it a treat. Do this throughout the day.

This is a great age do to the beginner puppy class with your puppy.

Do puppy social play time is a great way to socialize your puppy with other puppies.

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