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Let the Games Begin Socialization Tips for Your 4 Month Old Puppy

After your 4-month-old pup has received all shots he is ready to meet his friends at the park, daycare, and puppy training classes. All of these new outings should be fun and exciting for your little rascal. Exposure to new surroundings at a young age will help with the socialization process. Always supervise the furbaby, especially in dog parks and around children. Remember, you are your puppy’s protector. If your puppy gets stressed out or frightened by rough housing with other dogs, remove him from the situation.

Forcing your puppy to interact will only cause your pup to fear the situation in the future, and can hurt the bond you have with your little angel. Always keep a careful eye on your puppy to make sure he is enjoying these experiences and help him along by playing games and offering training rewards and treats. The socialization process should start as early as 9-22 weeks of age and will help through the puppy fear phase. Never push your puppy into situations he is uncomfortable with. Your 4-month-old puppy should be able to discover the world at his own pace, and it is your job to make him feel comfortable doing so!

Your Puppy Hits A Few Milestones At Around 4 Months Old

  • Vaccinations – Your puppy gets his rabies vaccination which also signals the time when your puppy’s immune system is well developed. This is always a time of relief for me as I’m not as worried about the places I take my puppy.
  • Feeding Schedule – We reduce our puppy’s feeding schedule by going from 1 cup of food 3 times a day to 1.5 cups of food 2 times a day. I don’t have to worry anymore about that mid-day snack. My other dogs are also happy because they don’t have to get excited about a non-existent meal (for them).
  • Teeth – they start to fall out and as the teeth disappear so does the puppy’s bitey, nippy, mouthy behavior (thank goodness).
  • QUICK RECOMMENDATION: We feed all of our puppies Wellness Core Puppy Formula.

    What is the first thing you should train your puppy?

    The first method is called capturing. Stand in front of your puppy holding some of his dog food or treats. Wait for him to sit – say “yes” and give him a treat. Then step backwards or sideways to encourage him to stand and wait for him to sit.

    What Should I Be Doing With My 4 Month Old Puppy