Watching your small puppy blossom into a grown dog is so exciting. They reach so many milestones, that it’s almost like watching a child grow.
Obviously, you are here because your puppy has reached the four-month-old mark and you’re wondering what kind of training is possible at this stage. Well, you are in luck! We’ve compiled an informational guide to training your puppy at four months old.
We cannot stress this enough! Once your fur baby has reached this age he or she has all the appropriate vaccinations to protect against illnesses. So, it’s time to begin introducing your puppy to the world! This stage is vital to begin the groundwork for this type of training because the younger you begin, the more well-rounded your dog will be as an adult.
This is very important, especially if you have a large breed because socializing your four-month-old puppy with humans is the best time to teach them manners such as not jumping on people. The last thing you want is a large breed dog charging at your visitors. This is also important so your dog will be more accepting of strangers.
Let’s face it, the time will come where your dog will have to go in public such as during vet visits. So, you want your dog to know that other people actually exist because this can help keep your dog calmer and more aware of how the world works. On the other hand, a dog that’s kept away from other humans can grow to be a suspicious dog who’s untrusting of new people.
The other part of this is you want your dog to allow visitors into your home. Now is a good time to invite over your friends and family who come to your home, even if it’s only once per year. Introducing your dog to this person while it is young will help them know the person as they grow.
Also, at some point in your dog’s life, he will be subjected to other dogs and animals. Socializing them when they are young can help them grow into accepting adults. This is especially important if you ever plan to add another canine into your household.
The same can be said for cats. Always remember that some breeds have a higher prey drive than others. So, if you have one of these breeds you must socialize them with other animals when they are young, or they will grow up to prey on anything that’s smaller or more vulnerable.
Let’s say you have a Siberian Husky. They are full of energy and have a rather high prey drive. So, if you ever want to add a cat to your house, it may be best to do this now. The puppy needs to grow up with the cat, so neither animal is injured.
Not to mention - how will you ever meet new friends at the dog park if your dog doesn’t know how to interact with other dogs? Besides, experts agree that socialization is the key to raising a dog that’s mentally well-rounded and happy!
This word will quickly enter your everyday train of thought at this stage of puppy growth. At this age, your puppy is still innocent, clumsy, and downright whimsical in its movements. But don’t let all that cuteness fool you! If you haven’t already begun basic obedience such as sit, stay, calm, NOW is the time to start!
Soon that cute little bundle of fur will begin testing limits, trying to see just how far they can go. Always remember to be kind and patient, provide lots of positive reinforcement, but also remain consistent with your discipline.
In the end, enjoy this age! Your puppy is growing so fast and will be grown before you know it, so slow down and take it all in!