Puppies are adorable even if they are big or small. Having a puppy is great, full of fun, and takes a lot of responsibility. Your puppy aged four-month-old is curious, clumsy, absolutely cute, and full of affection. And despite being at their cutest age, a 4-month-old puppy is perfect to train.
Since then, having a puppy and taking good care of your four months puppy is not an easy task. Why? Because at this age, there are a lot of changes that are going to happen. I’ll bet that your puppy will gain weight and put on the height at a rapid pace.
At this age, your puppy can interact with more people, places, things, and other dogs.
I know that you are curious about what a four-month-old puppy can do. Puppies at this age start to develop preferences. As the owner, your job is to guide and train your 4-month-old puppy, help the it feel safe, and secure his/her safety.
As you can see, your puppy is now ready for many new environments. You help your puppy grow to be confident, kind, and prepared to face the outside world. Pay special attention and start training your puppy using the method of positive reinforcement training techniques.
Note: Don’t punish your four-month-old puppy because it will only create a negative effect on your puppy’s psyche, particularly since they are sensitive in this period of development.
What is Positive Reinforcement Training?
Train your 4-month-old puppy with positive reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement means that making good behavior much more likely and helps your dog to really enjoy being good. Positive reinforcement training is a method in which you train your puppy with rewards and give them something that they really want.
At the same time, your puppy behaves in a way that you like. As a result, your puppy with positive reinforcement training will be more likely to behave the way you want them to act!
Why do we recommend training with rewards?
The best way to encourage your puppy to do good things and to behave is to train them with rewards. Training your four-month-old puppy with an award is the best choice you can have. At this young age, your dog will likely associate this with whatever they have done and will be more likely to do the same again next time.
Here are the reasons why training your four-month-old puppy with a reward is effective:
- Science tells us that rewarding your puppy is the best way for your pup to learn.
- Training your puppy with rewards is fun. It helps build a positive bond between you and your puppy.
- Owners training their puppies using rewards report fewer behavior problems in their puppies.
- Giving rewards to your puppy boosts confidence and encouragement for the puppies to think for themselves.
What are the sample rewards for my puppy?
The best thing to do so you can determine what will be the reward for your puppy is to find out what your puppy likes and what they are willing to make an effort to work for. Rewards can be food, toys, or can be anything that your puppy wants. So, we provide you with a list of the treats you can give to your puppy.
1. Food – Puppies definitely love food, and it is something soft and smelly like sausage, cheese, or chicken. But, to keep your puppy safe, you need to choose the food they like, and is good for their health. You can use treats such as dog biscuits for your puppy.
2. Toys – Some puppies really love to play. At the age of four months, your puppy is way much energetic, and they want you to play games with them all time. So, give your puppy toys and play simple games to them, such as fetch or tug, as a reward.
3. Attention – Many owners underestimate how valuable their attention is. Your puppy will look for attention because they feel good every time we look at them, touch, or talk to them. You build a bonding with your puppy, and you are continuously influencing their behavior with your attention. To make your puppy happy, make sure you give them attention for the right choices they make.
How do I train a 4-month-old puppy?
At this age, your puppy can start house training. Here’s what you need to do for this month.
1. Look out for your puppy’s behavior – A four-month-old puppy is full of energy and you will have lots of opportunities to learn and play with them. Spend time playing with your puppy and have some fun. Playing with them will allow your puppy to get lots of mental stimulation. Give them toys to play with, so they don’t feel bored in the house. But, don’t forget to give them plenty of time to relax and sleep too.
2. Pet grooming – This month for your puppy, you need to take your puppy to the grooming salon for their first cut and blow-dry. For his first pet grooming session, stay on their side, and keep the session short and take lots of tasty treats. Make sure that the first time your puppy gets pet grooming will be a positive experience for your him. At home, brush your puppy regularly so that they feel happy about being groomed.
3. Adult teeth progress for your puppy – At this month of age, your puppy will have lost most of their baby teeth and be starting to get adult teeth. You need to give your puppy plenty of teething chews to prevent them from chewing on your clothes or furniture.
4. Feeding time – A four-month-old puppy will grow fast. But, you need to take care of your pup’s diet until they are nine to twelve months old. Weigh your puppy regularly to make sure you are feeding your pup the right amount of food.
5. Vaccinations – This month, you need to bring your puppy to the vet and ask for the necessary vaccinations. Usually, at this age, they will inject rabies vaccinations. It it also around at this time you will also know the development of your puppy’s immune system. That is why you need to consult your vet this month to see how well your puppy is.
What should your puppy know at four months of age?
Your puppy must learn things at this moment. So, follow these milestones that your puppy should know at four months of age.
1. House Training – At the age of four months, your puppy must have fully grasped potty training. Your puppy must keep on a regular feeding schedule this month. Take away their food between meals!
2. Crate Training – Start crate training your puppy this month. Your puppy can learn responsibility and calms anxiety with crate training. The crate can limit the actions of your puppy to the rest of the house while they grasp other rules, like not to chew on furniture or clothes. Never use the crate as a punishment.
3. Good House Manners
- Your puppy should learn to not chewing on furniture and clothes
- Your puppy can sit/down and wait for the food for thirty seconds plus until released
- Your puppy has more freedom around the house and lets them follow your rules
4. Socialization – Your puppy should learn how to socialize at this month of age. Train your puppy to well-behave on places such as neighborhood walks, restaurants, shopping centers, grocery stores, book stores, and other locations. Make sure that you also train your pup to socialize with people. Your puppy should also learn to socialize with other dogs.
5. Basic Obedience – Four months old puppies must obey your commands such as sit, down, stay, come, heel, and others.
Proper training for your puppy is necessary. A four-month-old puppy can actually learn those things you want them to learn. At this month for your puppy, you should start teaching them the important lessons and commands. Give them rewards so that they can have fun while learning and never forget to shower them with love.