Dog Training: 9-Month-Old Puppy

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Dogs bring an incredible amount of joy to our lives. When you bring home a fur baby, you are committing to a long-term relationship.

Your 9-month old is still growing and his energy levels are higher than ever. These puppies are actively teething and their jaws just keep getting stronger. They tend to chew on everything.

Preventing Separation Anxiety

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A happy pup is a good pup. Many puppies become scared to stay alone and find it tough to cope with isolation. When they are left alone, they may develop separation anxiety.

The common signs of separation anxiety in dogs are:

• Excessive barking or whining

• Destructive chewing of household objects and furniture

• Uncontrolled peeing and defecation in an otherwise house-trained puppy

• Digging and scratching at doors

• Escape attempts

• Follows you from room to room

• Show aggressive behavior at the owner’s departure

Pro tip: Even if your puppy's basic needs are met, you should never leave him alone and unsupervised for more than 8 hours a day.

Here are some ways to cope with the separation anxiety of dogs:

• Establish a predictable routine for your furry friend. This includes mealtime, potty time, exercise time, training time, and playtime.

• Before you leave the house, you must ensure that your puppy’s needs are well taken care of.

• Give your dog chew toys and other activities. This will distract them and keep them busy while they are alone.

• Establish a positive reinforcement protocol. You can reward your four-legged pal for showing some independence and settling down.

• Provide training to deal with separation anxiety. Make your pup learn some basic commands like sit and stay. Teach him to settle down and sit comfortably.

Puppy Coat Changes

At this stage, the coat changes and the dog starts shedding. As your dog grows, the fluffy puppy coat dissipates and the adult coat emerges. For most breeds, the adult coat fully emerged by 9 months.

At 9 months, many dogs look like adults. Unlike the soft and lovely puppy coat, the adult coat is usually thick and coarse. When the adult coat comes in, you need to prepare yourselves for mats and tangles.

Grooming Tips for Dog

Let’s have a look at your 9-month-old dog's grooming needs:

Coat brushing: Your 9-month old puppy needs regular brushing, at least once a week. This keeps the coat in good condition and reduces the volume of hair in the house. Regular brushing also helps to remove dead fur and prevent mats or tangles.

Bathing: Give a weekly warm bath to your 9-month old puppy and use a good quality shampoo and conditioner. Over-bathing is not recommended at this stage.

Haircut: Your puppy may need a haircut to prevent mats and tangles.

Eye cleaning: Eyes should be clear with no redness or discharge.

Nail trimming: Trim your 9-month old puppy's nails regularly. Short and neatly trimmed nails keep the puppy's feet in good condition.

Teeth brushing: Brush your 9-month old puppy's teeth at least two or three times a week. This will remove bacteria and tartar buildup and prevent gum disease and bad breath. Always use toothpaste specifically designed for dogs.

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During the grooming session, look inside your puppy's mouth and ears. Pups can start to develop skin warts and lumps at this age. Also, check for sores, rashes, signs of infection, or inflammation on your puppy's skin.

You can use the following tools for grooming your puppy:

• Dematting Comb

• Medium-size pin brush and wire slicker brush

• Grooming rake for removing shedding hair

• Grooming scissors for tidying up the coat

• Nail clippers

• Canine toothbrush and toothpaste

Keep your dog safe and comfortable during grooming sessions. Your regular grooming and careful examination will help you spot potential health problems early. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards.

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