“Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog-loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz
Name one sane man who does not love puppies. Animal experts consider puppyhood, particularly the first four to five months, to be the most critical period of a dog’s life. In that short period of months, a puppy’s experiences mold their senses about what is safe and what’s spooky or what’s hard and what’s easy – opinions that can be tough to change later on in their life. That is why training, social habits, and constructing good behavior are so crucial for puppies.
Among many other questions, one thing that always nicks the mind of pup parents and owners is, “When can your little pup go outside?” Before answering this query, we should first discuss some of the essential aspects of puppyhood, and after we are finished explaining, you’ll answer this question yourself. After all, it is your naughty little pup we are talking about; you should know everything, right!
How Old Is Your Pup??
All dogs grow at a variable pace. Their height, weight, and other physical attributes develop according to the environment they live in and their breed like, with little sized breeds generally growing the most quickly, large breeds more slowly, and giant breeds being the late bloomers.
For a large variety of dogs, five to seven months after the birth are the time of their puppyhood after this time. Your puppy enters adolescent age or teenage as what we call it in human years.
Most pups will not be kept indoors past seven to eight weeks after they are born. It is also a significant thing that as soon as your puppy starts to explore the surrounding, you should try to make him comfortable in that environment.
So, the age at which your puppy can go outside will mainly be depending upon your surroundings (house and backyard) and neighborhood (area wise), and whenever the puppies show signs that they are ready for it. The pups should be encouraged to get used to the environment as early as possible.
Several key points to note before taking your puppy outside:
First of all, when you bring your four-legged bundle of joy home, puppy – proof the whole place, which will safeguard your pup as well as your belongings because they tend to chew stuff with any consideration during their initial growth spurt to relieve the discomfort of teething.
A little effort that you can do to solve this problem is to use some ice cubes or some unique soft toys that you can put in the freezer for some time and then give them to your puppy so that he or she can have something safe to chew or gnaw.
The second most crucial thing is never to isolate your little furry friend because it can cause socializing severe issues in the future in the form of fear or unwanted aggression. Dogs are social animals like us; humans keep them close to you and your family; it will comfort the little doggo.
Among other important things are your pup’s eating habits. Puppies should eat at least three to four times a day from weaning through four to six months, if possible. After six months, twice-a-day feedings are sufficient. Little dogs need to take in a lot of calories to fuel their initial and rapid growth spurt.
Initially, they can intake twice as many calories per pound of their body weight as that of a full-grown dog of that breed. Dogs grow the fastest in their first five to six months. Look for feeding charts on commercially available puppy food labels. You can use them as a guide.
After all, this is considered done; the last and most important thing is for you to teach your puppy how to socialize. Start from your own family, and slowly moves out. Before moving to the streets, first, take your pup in the backyard for teaching him or her some essential socializing habits. You can take some puppy kindergarten classes for the same.
But always remember that do not let your dog do anything as a puppy that you don’t want them to do as an adult. Like every other animal, a little puppy also wants to explore and expand its territory. That is why the stray or wild dogs tend to leave the safety of their canine family at a very young age of six to seven months.
You should also pay heed to the fact that these mixed breed dogs rarely got sick of any severe health conditions. On the other hand, so-called purebreds are more prone to infections and allergies. Therefore, always consider this fact before buying or adopting a new puppy. Never hesitate to make a trip to your vet if you face any health issues with your dog.
Hey, Puppy! Let us Play.
The soothing scenario of a warm little puppy playing in front of your eyes gives you a total sense of relief. While enjoying with your doggo, never forget the fact that they are like a Lil kid. They also require around 18 to 20 hours of sleep when they are still very young.
Never push your puppy to do more exercises because their bones are very brittle, and overdoing those things can cause severe fatigue, which can lead to latharginess in their playful age. Put the furry monster to rest with a little warmth.
What you should do is to let your puppy play for around 10 to 15 minutes every day for their juvenile period and increase the duration slowly till the age of one. After they are fully grown, they can do as much exercise they want.
When you start to train your pup, you need to be calm and composed. First, let the puppy explore the surroundings and be familiar with it. Soon your puppy will begin to do little naughty things like a sudden short burst of running, falling, jumping, barking, spinning, and grabbing things with their tiny mouth.
Look out for any poop in the surrounding because little puppies tend to eat it. You should always avoid shouting or scaring your puppy. The bottom line is to train your puppy and be consistent and lawful about the house rules, but also be gentle.
When Can You let your puppy mingle around?
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.
Who let the dogs out!
Before your puppy starts to explore the outside world, you should visit a vet and initiate the vaccination program. A Proper Vaccination program will expand up to one year at the beginning of the DHPP vaccine and subsequently for Rabies.
The little pup friends of your puppy should also be appropriately vaccinated before they start to play together; it will be a good influence. Now the first step of your pup’s outing is done, let him run free and make new friends.