By the 9 th month, your pup’s growth rate will be slower. Most pups stop growing by 9 months and the remaining will only grow by just a few kilos until they become an adult. However, large and giant dogs will only become adults until they are between 2 – 3 years of age.
By now your puppy should know some of the basic commands and also know how to walk on the leash without pulling. Always remember the three Ms – Repeat, Reward and Reinforce to establish proper training and keep repeating the training lessons.
You can continue to feed your pup puppy-formulated food twice a day until the time they are an year old. Discuss with your vet if your puppy needs to be on a diet and to maintain an ideal weight.
Your puppy may decrease his rebellious/adolescent behaviour in between 9 to 12 months. Establishing proper boundaries in the initial months will help a lot to achieve that.
How much should I feed my Dog?
By 9 to 12 months of age, your dog can be fed twice a day. Whether you are giving your dog a home cooked food or a dog food, ensure that there are loads of nutritional ingredients such as chicken, meat, eggs and protein and calcium rich food.
By now, your puppy will have had her initial puppy vaccination. Deworm your puppy every three months. Consult your vet to know if there is any vaccination needed.
From 9 th month, your puppy can easily be fed twice with a high quality puppy food that is formulated to provide a well-balanced nutrition. Make sure not to over feed your dog and consider your pup’s age, weight and activity levels when you decide how much you should feed your dog. Also note to never overfeed your dog with unnecessary supplements unless instructed by a vet. Always keep fresh water available at all times and take it along whenever you visit a park or are outdoors with your pet for a long time.
Puppy Body Language
- A play bow pose is usually an invitation to play.
- When your puppy is shy, he/she will have tail down or tucked and eyes averted.
- When your puppy is aggressive, he/she will stand head up with tail straight out or up and have a stiff stance.
- A wagging tail, head up, relaxed panting or mild barking are all signs of happiness.
Keep your pup groomed well and maintain the routine you have kept since the initial weeks to ensure he/she is comfortable with being handled and also to maintain proper hygiene.
What to do if my dog eats poop?
As gross as it sounds, eating poop or coprophagia is a normal canine behaviour. When at times it is health related, your dog might eat poop to counter balance a missing nutrient in his diet. Visit your vet to rule out any diet related issues. If there is nothing wrong medically, you can handle this issue behaviourally. Dogs eat poop because it seems rewarding to them and at times they might also do this to grab your attention. Here are some ways to tackle this issue:
- Clean up poop as soon as your dog defecates.
- If you catch your dog in the act, don’t scold him. Instead, try to distract him from the act.
Why does my dog chase his Tail?
In general, dogs chase tails when they are happy, excited or bored. Until and unless your dog does this over-anxiously, you need not worry about it. Only in rare cases, tail chasing might be a sign of neurological condition.
It is best to not keep your dog alone for longer than six hours or so. Always start with leaving your dog for a shorter period of time and keep interactive toys when you leave so that he remains entertained while you’re away. Here are five tips to help ease separation anxiety:
- Take your dog out on a walk before you leave the house – Start your day by taking your dog out on a brisk walk and exercise. The idea is to leave your dog in a quiet and resting mode while you are away.
- No touch, no eye contact and no talk before you leave the house – Do not maintain any contact with your dog before you leave the house. Instead, say goodbye to your dog long before you leave the house. And when it is time to leave the house, just act like business as usual and leave home. When you reach back home, do the same thing for a few minutes.
- Start out by leaving your dog alone for a few minutes – Leave your dog alone for a few minutes and then extend the time for twenty minutes and then an hour. Continue to increase the time you spend with your dog slowly and surely.
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