Puppy Development From 3 to 6 Months

Young puppies are in a developmental stage that requires special care. They are usually born in early summer, and their mother will nurse them for their first four to six weeks of life. They will begin to show signs of being a litter when they begin to follow their mother around the litter area.

The first few months of a puppy’s life, as their mother raises them and teaches them the ropes of how to survive in this world. They must learn everything from what is safe and unsafe food items, some games that they can play with each other, learning how to hunt and kill prey, and most importantly learning how to socialize with other dogs.

The mother dog will naturally teach the young pups everything that is needed to live in this world. During this time you should not intervene unless there is a problem, such as a pup being bullied by their siblings or them not getting enough milk from their mother. For the most part, all of this is natural and will happen naturally with no help from you.

Physical Changes

Puppies will grow rapidly for their first three to four months of life. Their skulls continue to increase in size and become wider and flatter. Puppies are generally very active and playful during this time. They will begin to experience some motor skills. Puppies learn through playing and exploring.

By the time a puppy reaches three months of age, he will have all twenty-two teeth in their mouth. Puppies around that age will begin to teethe, and this can be very hard on them. You must make sure that they have plenty of things to chew on so that the pain of teething is not as bad.

Teething can last for some time. As long as the puppy has plenty of things to chew on, they tend to recover quickly. Puppies also go through a fear stage at this age that will last about two weeks. You must be gentle and patient with them so they do not get too frightened.

Social and Interpersonal Development

Social and social interaction play a very important role in the development of young puppies. If their mother has been raised in a litter, puppies will seek her out to socialize.

Young puppies often exhibit separation anxiety, but they are quickly able to learn how to cope with this problem.

Puppies need human interaction and human companionship. Young puppies can learn many skills, such as “sit,” “shake,” and “walk on leash.” Young puppies are much less likely to play with other puppies of their age, but will become more interested in interacting with humans once they are about four months of age.

After the first few months, puppies play like any other dog their age. They will begin to learn more about their bodies and how they interact with the world around them.

Play Behavior

During this time, puppies will continue to show signs of their playful nature. They can easily get into more mischief, as they will be running around, trying to escape their mother or siblings. Young puppies may play with other puppies to find out what they can do and which other puppies they will want to play with. This phase of play may continue for many months.

Puppies also begin to interact with adult dogs in their social group. This is when puppies start to learn which behavior is appropriate and which behavior will not be tolerated.

By the time a puppy reaches three months of age, they are ready for playtime with you. They are still growing rapidly, but by now they are beginning to learn the subtle ways that humans communicate. Young puppies can learn a vast number of behaviors and tricks by this age.

When done correctly, socialization is the best way for your puppy to learn how to behave around other dogs and people. As they play with their siblings and mother (and eventually with you), they will begin to feel confident and happy around other dogs.

Mental Maturity

By the time puppies are four months of age, they can begin to make logical decisions. They are learning more about life and learning to make choices about how they want to live. Puppies learn by the choices their parents make. If the mother is a good mom, puppies will continue to see her in a good light. They will learn that mommy is “good mommy” even if mommy acts differently around other dogs. 

Puppies at this age often begin to make logical decisions about what they wish to do next. They will use their senses much like an adult dog to learn more about their world and make sense of it. Their socialization skills are getting better, and by five months of age they should be ready to start learning about training .

Puppies also become aware of objects around them. They become interested in how objects in the home work. Puppies will play with toys and become fascinated by items in the home. They learn to follow their noses and explore. Puppies love to investigate things that have not been there before. 

Most puppies show an interest in the outdoors and the things they can do in nature. Puppies explore the litter area, play with toys and explore, and get into trouble. Many owners find this phase of puppy development to be very entertaining.

At about the four- to six-month mark, the young puppies will become interested in humans. This is often when they are exposed to other dogs for the first time. They will follow their owners as they move through the home, and they will show some interest in other animals that live in the home.

Bad Habits

Puppies are naturally curious creatures. They test everything around them until they find out if it is good or bad to do so, including chewing on things they shouldn’t.

This is often when dogs start to chew more frequently on things that are important to their owners, such as shoes and other items around the home. It’s also a good time for you to teach your puppy not to chew on these items by getting down on the floor and making a big deal out of it when your puppy chews on something meant only for people. If your puppy does happen to chew on something they shouldn’t, you can use the same method of telling them “no” loudly and making them drop the item.

During this stage, you may find that your dog likes to eat dirt or other things around the home that are not good for him. You can stop this behavior by not allowing your puppy to have access to these areas or by removing the items that are causing trouble.

The best way to stop a dog from bad behavior is through consistent training. Early on, show your puppy that there are certain things he cannot have and teach him what those items are ahead of time.