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Growth of A Puppy


Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating and it helps to understand each stage a pup will through before it reaches full adulthood.

Stages of Puppy Growth and Development
The following sections detail the various Growth and Development stages up to 1 year old with puppy behavior details:

Newborn Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior up to 3 weeks

  • A puppy is born blind, deaf and toothless
  • During its first week 90% of a puppys time is spent sleeping and 10% eating. They are only able to crawl
  • The puppy’s eyes, which are closed at birth, open when it is between one and two weeks old. It then begins to see
  • The pups ears should open when it is two to three weeks old
  • Puppies whimper when they are cold, hungry or uncomfortable
  • Puppys grow while they sleep
  • A puppy is reliant on its mother for the first few weeks for food, comfort and to learn basic dog requirements

Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 3 to 7 weeks old

  • A puppy will be weaned between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks
  • During the ages of 3 to 7 weeks its first teeth, or milk teeth will appear
  • A puppy is taught basic behaviour disciplines from its mother
  • A puppy will continue to develop by socializing with other dogs and animals and people
  • Puppies will stand up and start walking
  • At the age of 3 weeks a puppy will develop its sense of smell
  • At 3 weeks the puppy will begin to bark and show social development such as wagging its tail, growling and baring its teeth
  • Up to the age of 4 weeks the mother will be with the puppy almost constantly
  • The puppy has good use of its legs and is able to chase
  • Between 4 and 5 weeks the mother will gradually spend time away from her puppies
  • Rapid growth and development rate at this stage
  • Interaction with litter mates leading to Order of Dominance
  • After weaning puppies need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop immunity on their own. Vaccinations for puppies generally include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and sometimes bordetella

Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 7 and 12 weeks

  • Puppies are usually found new homes at this age it starts focusing attention on its owner rather than other puppies
  • The first fear period of the puppy begins
  • A puppy starts to learn it name but still has a short attention span
  • The puppy will start house training
  • At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)
  • The puppies motor skills improve
  • The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it
  • Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles – the hair along the neck and spine
  • Puppy training must begin and pups need to be made aware of your rules
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