Your Puppy is ready to learn
Your puppy is a sponge for learning. Foundations for all basic obedience commands should be mastered (leash walking, sit, stay, leave-it, wait, place, sit, recall and extended distance commands).
Progressing through Adolescence
Your puppy is progressing through adolescence. Ideally, basic obedience is mastered and work can begin in increasingly distracted environment. Everything that your puppy learned inside with very predictable distractions can move outside and then to public spaces as learning progresses. Females will have their first heat around this time and males begin testosterone driven behavior such as marking. These often lead to another round of testing boundaries and limitations.
Basic foundations for obedience mastered
Your puppy has the basic foundations for obedience and off and on-leash commands. This means that, with reliability, your dog is obedient in crowds of people, at the local Home Depot and around things like playgrounds. Continuing to work in higher level distractions will enhance your dogs’ socialization as well as manners. This is also the age where many dog owners see more protective and territorial behavior emerge.