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3-Month-Old Puppy: What to Expect


In your puppy's third month you'll see a resurgence in the confidence he had as a wee pup, wiggling about and exploring everything in sight. Your pup's brain is now at the stage where is he ready to learn his name and the most basic of commands. He's also more interested in earning your attention and affection.

Much to the joy of dog owners everywhere, most puppies develop better control over their bladders at the three-month mark, alongside the ability to sleep through the night. But be forewarned that the start of your pet's teething period is just around the corner.

Here's what you should be thinking about with a 3-month-old puppy:

» Your Puppy's Second Round of Vaccines
It may seem like yesterday when you took your pup in for his first round of vaccines but it's time again to make a trip to the vet. The second round of vaccines is as important for your dog as the first. Your puppy needs the full three rounds to ensure he is safe against illnesses such as Distemper, which is often fatal. Here's what to expect from round two »



» Navigating the Pet Health Insurance Maze
The minimal medical costs per year for a dog (meaning his annual check-up and shots) comes out to around $240 on the average. This does not include other common procedures such as dental cleaning or blood tests. A dog with cancer can rack up bills as high as $7,500. So, how can you provide your pet the health care he needs without worrying about the cost? Pet health insurance can help. Find out why it's often a good choice »



» Beginning Obedience Training
If your puppy seems out-of-control with problems such as rushing you when your hands are full of laundry, nipping at your feet when you walk, or barking incessantly at the cat, obedience training can help. If you start now it will help your puppy understand what is expected of him early on. Understanding the rules makes it much easier for both of you. The key is to keep it simple in the beginning and make it a positive experience for both of you. Here's how to get started »



» Tips for Dealing with Your Puppy's Growth Spurts
Your puppy's first growth spurt will likely be around 15 weeks of age and halt for a while come 20 weeks. During this time, your pup may suddenly be all limbs and all tail, knocking over precious vases and glasses full of soda. Just how much a puppy shoots up at this time depends on his breed (or mix of breeds), his diet and his health. The growth spurt affects several things including his appetite and his sleeping patterns. Read more about what to expect »


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