The first 6 months with your pup can be exciting, blissful as well full of love. Although these are the times you should enjoy the most, also keep in mind that these may be challenging as well if you are not fully prepared and haven’t done your homework.
What is all this mess? What have I gotten myself into? If you find yourself asking these questions then don’t worry these are quite common among the puppy owners. Fortunately puppy development and nourishment is already a well-researched and well-studied field so it is quite easy to predict what will happen in the course of 6 months.
So if you are a new puppy parent and you think that you are not ready for all that mess and are scared then let me tell you that this particular blog article is exclusively written for you.
In this blog I will tell you about some of the best tips and tricks to take care of your pup in the first 6 months and things to expect in this duration.
This is a full guide to walk you through your little pup development month by month from the very first day your pup opens its eyes till the day they get big and run around the house like a little devil. So this guide will help you out to enter new pup parenthood and raise a very well-trained and amazing doggy.
So fasten your seatbelt and let’s get started!
When dogs are first born they are totally dependent on their owners or mamas for everything. But in these few weeks make sure not to overdo everything. Let things happen organically and let nature take its course.
If you are planning to adopt a puppy from any good and also reputable breeder then you must visit their home a few times in order to have a first look at your newly born baby. In this time period you will notice the pup wriggling around with nursing and littermates.
Around three to four weeks your little pup will start to open its eyes and also start responding to your calls.
In about four and half weeks the pup will start moving and walking around the house. Although in this duration she/he must remain with the mom but you and the breeder should try to take her out for a walk and make her/him experience new sounds, fragrance and also surfaces.
The 3rd and 4th weeks of a dog’s life are very crucial and these periods are known as exposure periods during which it will start learning all kinds of new things like how to walk, run, play and also how to explore the new world.
When the pup is some five or six weeks older then it will start playing with the little littermates and also you will notice that your pup will produce little cute barks. Overall in this duration the pup will continue to learn how to be a dog.
A lot of development is going on in the brain of your pup in the 2nd month. She is learning all the new skills like interacting and social skills and also getting physical harmonization. In the second month the pup will be most influenced by the mother and also be her littermates.
By the end of week 5 and start of week six the cute little pup will find out who its favorite human beings are. In this duration, try to expose her to all the family members so that a bond is developed between the pup and the family.
In the second month make sure to give basic potty training to the little pup. Keep in mind that she is still too small to hold for long so make the potty breaks hourly and consistent.
Don’t reprimand the poor baby for eliminating indoors. Keep in mind that she is just a few weeks older and it will take her a while to control her bladder.
By the end of the second month make sure to have an appointment with the vet and start vaccinating the pup. Normally when the pup is six weeks older then she gets her first shot. So talk to your vet, make a plan and stick to it.
It is one of the most important durations of training, bonding and also brain development. There are many dog parents who don’t get the chance to meet their cute little pup until she is eight weeks old but don’t worry you are not missing a lot, the fun part is yet to start.
If your pup is adopted from a rescue group or shelter then there are high chances that she is already spayed because generally pups are spayed when they are 8-11 weeks older.
Once you are done with the vaccination then you can start taking her out for the obedience classes. These classes are an excellent way to help your pup gain skills and confidence and also help her socialize.
This period is crucial for their development so as a pup parent make sure to give her plenty of positive experiences to help them develop with a positive state of mind and let her know that the world is not a scary place. You can do this by meeting new people daily and expose her to noises and new environments.
By the fourth month your pup’s overall personality should be clear. By this time you will have an idea whether she is bold, shy, quiet or bossy. Continued socialization in this period will help her to be well-rounded.
Take it out and let her play with other pups, this way it will develop excellent social skills including bite inhibition and potty training. At this age the pup will also start gaining teeth which might be a problem if you are unable to handle them.
To explore the world puppies use their mouth and with teeth coming in they will be even more “mouthy” because chewing feels divine. You can help the pup during this stage by giving her chew toys and readdressing her with hands.
By the fifth month your pup will start to push boundaries and will be more active and naughty. Try to make your place “puppy-proof” in order to keep her away from any mischief. Try to install baby gates in order to limit her approach to other rooms.
During this period try to give her positive reinforcement classes that include socializing with other gods and people and take her out to dog parks on a regular basis.
By the sixth month your pup will start looking like a grown up dog. You really need to prepare yourself for this 6th month because the pup will definitely give you a tough time. Your pup is done with teething and potty training and now it is an adult.
Be ready for all the mood swings and unpredictable behavior of your six months old pup just like a teenager. If you haven’t spayed it then now is the time to get it done. First time dog parents get a little bit nervous about this but you need to know that it is quite common surgery in pets. In fact it is the best way to reduce chances of developing cancer in your pup. Spraying also reduces the chances of overpopulation.
Once your pup is six months old then you really need to give yourself a high-five because you really made it through the important yet crucial sis months. It is also a fact that dogs are not considered fully mature until they are 18 months older so you really need to do some more hard work on the overall personality development of your pup.
But by now you have an idea about your dog is and there are high chances that both of you love each other.
Best ways to raise a 6 months old pup
Now that you know what your dog will experience in the first 6 months and what you should do to raise her, let me tell you what you should do on a daily basis to make sure that you are giving the best care to your cute little pup!
- Your dog loves to go out so make sure to take it out at least every 7 hours or so
- Make sure that your little pup gets plenty exercise daily
- Comb and brush her on daily basis
- Don’t forget to brush its teeth
- Train, train and train if you want to raise strong and obedient dog
- Make sure your dog doesn’t chew something that it can swallow
- Get it spayed when the time is right
- Spend maximum time with your pup and make it your best friend
- Try to give her soft food for the first few weeks and later on you can give it any dog food