11 week old puppy behavior

11 week old puppy behavior


Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting time filled with laughter, cuddles, and unfortunately, quite a bit of pee. If you’ve recently welcomed an 11-week old puppy into your home, you’re probably curious about what to expect in terms of their behavior. As an animal behaviorist and pet expert, I’m here to guide you on this wonderful journey.

The Transition Period

At 11 weeks old, your puppy is in the middle of what we call the “socialization period”. This is a critical time for your pup’s development as they are highly impressionable. During this stage, puppies learn about their environment and how to interact with other animals and humans.

It’s crucial that they have positive experiences during this period because negative or traumatic ones can lead to fear or aggression later on. Therefore it’s important for owners to expose their pups gently but widely to different people (of all ages), environments (both indoor and outdoor), sounds (like thunder or car horns), objects (like vacuum cleaners) etc.

Puppy Teething Begins

Your little fur baby will also start teething around this age which means everything becomes a chew toy – from your favorite shoes to the corner of your expensive couch! It’s important not only for the sake of preserving our belongings but also for their dental health that we provide suitable chew toys during this phase.

Teething can be uncomfortable so providing safe toys designed specifically for teething puppies can help alleviate some discomfort. Remember never use old shoes or household items as chew toys because it confuses them about what’s acceptable chewing material!

High Energy Levels

Don’t let that small size fool you; at 11 weeks old, puppies are bundles of energy! They love playtime whether it’s running around in the yard or wrestling with their favorite stuffed animal. This high energy level is part of their learning process, helping them develop coordination and strength.

However, it’s important to note that while they have bursts of energy, puppies also need plenty of rest. Overexertion can lead to injuries or exhaustion. So ensure they have a comfortable place to sleep and get lots of nap times in between play sessions.

Beginning of Training

At 11 weeks old, your puppy is ready for basic training! They’re capable of learning simple commands like “sit”, “stay”, and “come”. Positive reinforcement training methods work best at this age. Remember to be patient; your pup is just a baby after all!

Start with short training sessions (5-10 minutes) several times a day rather than one long session as puppies have short attention spans.

Potty Training Challenges

This age also comes with its fair share of potty training challenges. Puppies typically start potty training around 8 weeks old but it can take several months for them to be fully house trained.

Be prepared for accidents and remember that consistency is key in successful potty training – take them out regularly (every couple hours), after meals or playtime, before bedtime etc., use same words each time you want them go outside so they learn the association faster.

Separation Anxiety

Finally, at 11 weeks old some puppies may begin showing signs of separation anxiety when left alone. This can manifest as excessive barking or whining, destructive behavior etc., when you’re not around.

It’s important we teach our pups from early on that being alone sometimes is okay – start by leaving them alone for short periods while you’re still home & gradually increase this time as they get more comfortable with the idea.

Remember every puppy develops at their own pace so don’t worry if yours isn’t exactly fitting into these descriptions. The key is patience, consistency and lots of love!


Raising an 11-week old puppy can be a whirlwind of joy, challenges, and surprises. But with understanding their behavior and responding to their needs appropriately, you’ll be setting the foundation for a happy, healthy relationship with your new four-legged friend.

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