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4-Month-Old Puppy: What to Expect

What are typical behaviors and issues associated with a 4-month-old puppy? Let’s take a look:

dogedit  |  Nov 19th 2010

Come your puppy’s fourth month of age, you’ll find her obsessed with gnawing on everything in sight with the teething stage in full bloom. You’ll also notice that the pup that was working so hard to earn your attention and affection last month is beginning to show some independence with a hint of stubbornness. Prepare to put your alpha hat on as you deal with ignored training commands and be sure to keep your 4-month-old puppy leashed up when you’re at a park that isn’t fenced lest you find yourself unable to catch a bolting ball of fur that won’t come when called.

Here’s what you should be thinking about with a 4-month-old puppy:

A puppy and a big dog chase each other.

A puppy and a big dog chase each other.


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