Stages of Puppy Development: Months 3-6

Stages of Puppy Growth: Weeks 0-12

December 21, 2015 • New Dog • Views: 2290

Beginning from three to six months, you will discover that your puppy makes a huge development regarding their growth and how they socialize. Oftentimes, this period relies on what breed they have, which will contribute greatly to their progress. During these developmental months, puppies are extremely perky, curious, and it’s the point at which they begin to demonstrate their strong behavior with a hint of being stubborn and sweet, but this is perfectly normal during their learning stage. It is essential to their maturity, physical, and mental well-being.

Physical Growth Of The Puppy
When your puppy is five months old, they must grow already accustomed to the basic pet training that you started with them when they turned six weeks old. Potty training must also be introduced and physical exercise to strengthen their lower limbs and muscles must be done twice a day. It’s at this phase of your puppy’s life that they will begin to develop sexually, and when they are five months old, a male pup is expected to generate sperm. On the other hand, a female six-month-old puppy is expected to create their own litter and must get proper training for this. It is advisable to seek help from a veterinarian on when they can be safely neutered or spayed. It can help prevent the puppies from developing a severe case of cancer in the future. Breeding is not yet encouraged during these critical months. It is highly recommended to have the female puppy neutered before she releases her first heat.

Baby Teeth Falling Off Stage
The six-month-old puppy will likewise begin to have their baby teeth fall off in order to make way for their permanent teeth to come out and develop until maturity. There will be times that you might locate these little teeth inserted in their well loved chewable toy or lying down on their favorite spot. It is advisable to take them along for a dental examination to the vet and ensure that all their baby teeth have indeed all dropped out. If there are cases that a tooth has remained rooted in their gums, the veterinarian will need to pull it out to prevent dental infection and to make space for the permanent teeth to protrude naturally.

Behavioral Changes
When the puppy reaches their fifth month onwards, they begin to demonstrate their autonomy and will try to show supremacy over the rules you as a pet owner has imposed on them. You might see that they are somewhat less energetic to satisfy you much like how a child will test your patience to see what they can escape with. It could mean a couple of “mishaps” occurring in and outside the home. It’s the period when you need to demonstrate to them loads of persistence and constant pet training for proper pet behavior.

Health And Nutrition
A well adjusted and nutritious eating routine is important at this phase of their lives in light of the fact that their bones are developing, and the legs are starting to show visible muscle formation. They become more playful, physically active, and burn tons of calories. These calories need to be replaced immediately. It is important to seek the help of the veterinarian regarding the right diet and how often they should eat and get nourished. It is also recommended to keep up with their scheduled vaccinations. In order to detect if they have skin issues or infections, proper grooming is also encouraged, especially the areas around their ears, claws, and eyes.