Puppy Development – Month 3

The puppy is ready to leave mum and find his new home.  A puppy re-homed during this period will be apprehensive about almost everything they come into contact with at first.

It’s all a brand new experience for your puppy. As an owner try to make sure everything they encounter at this time is positive and comforting, so that they learn to be relaxed and friendly dogs when they grow up.

Puppies at this stage are hypersensitive to upsetting incidents so try to avoid any stressful events.

Make sure your puppy meets a whole range of people, adults and children but make sure your puppy is always handled safely. This will make for a dog with a good personality in later life.

For further advice on preparing for your puppy’s arrival, see our Welcoming a new puppy page.

Feeding & Nutrition

Once they are 8 weeks old they are put onto wet canned puppy food or dry kibble. If you want to change your puppy’s food, mix new and old puppy food over a one week period to ease the transition between the two foods which will be easier on your little pup’s tummy.

Training, Exercise & Play

As soon as your puppy comes home, cram in as much high quality socialisation and training as you can. Puppies are like sponges now and this will pay dividends in the future.

Your puppy is a clean slate and is keen to learn and impress. This is the key to creating a socially self-confident, well-behaved puppy that is strongly bonded to you.

Introduce your puppy to sights, smells and sounds so he can become familiar with them.

Basic house training is important to introduce early on:

  • Puppies and children
  • Puppy toilet training
  • Puppies and chewing
  • Puppies and biting
  • Walking on a lead
  • Walking to heel
  • Puppies and other dogs
Puppy Care

By this time your puppy will have had its first standard vaccinations, which tend to happen around 6 weeks of age and tend to be a course of two jabs, two weeks apart. So in month 3, make sure they have their second set if they haven’t in month 2.

The vaccinations they require are:

  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Infectious canine hepatitis

It is important that your puppy doesn’t come into contact with other dogs until the vaccinations are all done to avoid infection.

Checklist
  • Bed
  • Food bowls
  • Dog food
  • Collar and lead
  • Name tags
  • Toys
  • Puppy pads
  • Registered at a vet
  • First vaccinations – see Month 2 for more information
  • Flea-ed & wormed
  • Micro chipped
  • Training