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What to Know About Your 10-Week-Old Puppy

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The age of 10 weeks is a magical time for most puppies. It’s when they find themselves in a new — and hopefully forever — home. While pups are old enough to leave their mothers and siblings by 8 weeks, many breeders and rescues prefer to wait until a pup is 10 weeks old before sending him to live with a new human family. A 10-week-old puppy has more time to develop canine social skills with his birth family.
When my Pit Bull-mix Mookie came to live with us, he was 9 weeks old. Within a week, his little personality was more than obvious. He was affectionate but mouthy, and full of energy. He was at the perfect age to learn how to act around our cats, as the 9- to 12-week period is an important time for puppy socialization. Our wonderful kitties seemed to understand he was a baby, and they agreed to play with him. If he got too rough, they let him know, and he quickly got the message. Not surprising, considering that a 10-week-old puppy is ripe for learning.
Here are some things you can expect from your 10-week-old puppy.
A 10-week-old puppy is going through a critical fear period
Puppy with toy. Photography ©Holly Hildreth Photography
Many puppies go through a fear period between the age of 8 to 10 weeks. This may alarm you if you don’t expect it. Your 10-week-old puppy may suddenly act overly afraid of new people, animals or objects, or new situations. If you see this behavior, remember that it’s normal in a pup’s development, and don’t panic. Instead, show your puppy there is nothing to fear by acting upbeat and happy. Resist the urge to scoop him up and soothe him; this will only serve to reward his fearful response. The best way to get him through this period is to set a good example with your own confident behavior.
Bite inhibition
If your puppy spent time with his siblings until at least 8 weeks of age, he should have learned how to inhibit his bite. Brother and sister puppies are great at teaching each other how much bite pressure is too much. That said, a 10-week-old puppy is constantly putting things in his mouth. This will include your hands if you’re not careful. Even though playfulness and teething are the reasons behind this kind of biting behavior, don’t allow it. When your puppy gets mouthy, give him a toy to chomp on. He will eventually learn that only toys are for biting — not