12-16 Weeks: Juvenile Delinquent Pups

A period of rapid physical growth and increased activity.

The age of cutting, cutting teeth and apron strings. The puppy is enlarging its social awareness and bonding outside of the litter should occur, if no exposure during this period puppies will always remain fearful of, and perhaps hostile to, other species and people. Mental abilities are fully formed. Puppies test their boundaries during this period, which can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Dominance challenges to other dogs and human family members begin. Expect a puppy to challenge and seemingly “forget” any training learned, acting like rebellious teenagers.

If experiencing the unwanted behaviour of excessive chewing do not be overly surprised, pups lose their baby teeth at this age and there can be discomfort as the permanent teeth erupt. Puppies tend to chew on anything and everything to relieve the pain.

By 16 weeks the brain of a puppy will reach 80% of full development and its emotional make-up is fully developed and cemented for life. At this stage, puppies are at risk of permanent behavioural problems such as being feral, developing inappropriate dog on dog social behaviours, adjustment to non-kennel environments or acting inappropriately to strangers. Meaningful praise is highly important to shape a positive attitude.

Puppy training sessions

Get off to a good start and avoid mistakes that you may live to regret later Craig The Dog Man will create a framework for training your pup in basic obedience, recall and lead work, and can help you eliminate any problem behaviours such as nipping or chewing that are prevalent in early development.

Continuation training can be booked separately to progress your dog’s early learning and build on what they have learned using the same techniques and application – ensuring no mixed messages creep in.

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Puppy training package