Bluetick Coonhound is a calm, friendly, and speed hunting dog breed from the United States. It is popular as both a pet and a hunting dog across the American and English states.
A Bluetick Coonhound puppy goes through a series of development phases in its life before becoming an adult. In this article, you’ll learn about the different characteristics of the Bluetick Coonhound puppies in different months of age.
Newborn to Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks Old)
The Bluetick Coonhound puppies are born in litter size of 7-13. At the time of their birth, they are completely blind and deaf as their eyes and ears are sealed while they’re born.
During the stage between the birth and two weeks of age, the Bluetick Coonhound puppies are very weak and vulnerable. They will need extreme care and rely totally on their mother for warmth and protection. Moreover, the puppies will learn to know their mother and drink milk from her even though they can’t see.
You should never adopt a newborn Bluetick Coonhound because you cannot take care of them like their mother would take care of them. The puppies will get essential nutrients and proteins from their mother’s milk which will eventually help the neurological and physical development.
Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)
The Transitional Stage comes with some amazing and interesting changes in the Bluetick Coonhound puppies. After two weeks of age, the puppies will open their eyes for the first time and get to see the world. Likewise, they will also be able to listen properly by the third week.
The Bluetick Coonhound puppies will be aware of the surrounding environment and start playing with their siblings/littermates by the end of this stage. Another big change on the puppies will be that they’ll be able to pee and poop on their own because their mother would help them by stimulating before that.
Socialization Stage (4-16 Weeks)
The socialization stage is a very important stage in the life of the Bluetick Coonhound puppies. After the puppies reach 4 weeks old, they’ll have to know about the surrounding environment and require a lot of interaction with other dogs and people. So, they’ll start exploring on their own, becoming a bit independent from their mother.
You need to make sure that the Bluetick Coonhound puppies get to interact with strangers and other dogs and animals. Socializing with strangers and other pets will ensure that they’ll develop good social and communication skills. Therefore, make sure to take their puppies for walks or training in parks where they can meet other dogs and people as well.
You should provide vaccinations for Parvovirus and Distemper while your Bluetick puppy is 6-8 weeks old. Similarly, you should give DHPP vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza) when they are 10-12 weeks old).
Ranking Stage (3 to 6 Months)
The Ranking stage is also considered as the elementary school age for the Bluetick Coonhound puppies. The puppies will be influenced by their pack that can consist of other dogs and other animals as well. They will start showing dominance and submission among their packs, which may also include humans.
The Bluetick Coonhound puppies will also become naughty during the Ranking stage as they’ll start chewing and teething things and stuffs. Hence, better watch out for your expensive shoes and other goods. A time will come when your puppy will experience fear for which you’ll have to be ready with positive reinforcement and introduction to new objects
Adolescence Stage (6 to 12 months)
The adolescence stage is the pre-adult age for the Bluetick Coonhound puppies. In this stage, they will continue to be influenced by their packs and always prefer being with them. As a part of exploring their territory, they will start questioning your leadership and start challenging you.
At 7-9 months, the puppy will start a second chewing phase for which you’ll again have to be careful. As the puppies will have grown properly, they will start experiencing sexual behaviors and will be attracted to dogs of opposite sex. Therefore, it is better if you spay or neuter your puppy from the very beginning of this stage.
The Bluetick Coonhound will become an adult once they reach one year old. You should repeat the DHPP and Rabies ‘vaccinations every year.
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