Dr. Sue's Ages & Stages Of Puppy Development

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Puppies develop rapidly in the first few weeks of their life. It’s important as a puppy parent to know these stages of puppy development and what to expect. A sleepy 6 week old puppy is almost unrecognizable as the zooming, playing, peeing, and biting 14 week old puppy that is soon to come. But, like all the rest, this stage shall soon pass. The prepared puppy parent will know what to expect and when- saving your fingers and your sanity!

 

 

6 – 8 Week Old Stage Of Puppy Development

 

What Does This Age Do?

THEY SLEEP. AND SLEEP SOME MORE.
NEW OWNERS ARE OFTEN BAMBOOZLED INTO THINKING THAT RAISING A PUP IS A BREEZE.

What Do They Need Most?

SLEEP. PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH HUMANS. SLEEP. CONFINEMENT WHERE THEIR CONSTANT, AND UNCONTROLLABLE, PEEING DOESN’T UPSET THE HUMANS. MORE SLEEP.

8 – 10 Week Old Stage Of Puppy Development

 

What Does This Age Do?

PERIODS OF INTENSE ACTIVITY – FOLLOWED BY A ‘CRASH AND BURN’.
THEY EXPLORE THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND FORGET WHERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PEE.

What Do They Need Most?

SUPERVISION BY AN AWAKE AND CARING PERSON.  PATTERNS OF HOUSE TRAINING STARTED WITH NO REAL EXPECTATION THEY CAN FOLLOW IT … YET.

10 – 12 Week Old Stage Of Puppy Development

 

What Does This Age Do?

SLEEP LESS. EXPLORE MORE. SCAVENGE IN THE YARD OR ON WALKS. SWALLOW EVERYTHING THEY SCAVENGE. RESPOND  HAPPILY TO PEOPLE IF HUMANS HAVE BEEN KIND AND PREDICTABLE.

What Does This Age Need?

A PATIENT OWNER. PLAYFUL BITING STARTS IN EARNEST AROUND THIS AGE.

SIMPLE COMMANDS SUCH AS SIT FOR YOUR DINNER, STAY AND COME HERE NEED TO BE ‘INSTALLED’ .

12 – 14 Week Old Stage Of Puppy Development

 

What Does This Age Do?

 LOTS. AND AT HIGH SPEED. PLAYFUL BITING INCREASES AT THIS AGE. JUMPING UP BECOMES THEIR HOBBY. PUPPIES ARE MORE BOLD AND LESS LIKELY TO STICK AT YOUR SIDE –  SO USE A LEASH!

What Does This Age Need?

SOCIALIZATION OUTINGS. DURING THIS AGE IT IS VITAL.

DID YOU DO YOUR FIVE PLACES AND FIFTY PEOPLE SOCIALIZATION EXERCISES THIS WEEK?

14 – 16 Week Old Stage Of Puppy Development

 

What Does This Age Do?

CHEWING ON HARD SURFACES STARTS NOW.

INCREASED INTEREST IN THINGS OTHER THAN YOU WHEN IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT.

What Does This Age Need?

FORCE FREE TRAINING IN MY PUPPY CLASS.

LOTS OF MENTAL BRAIN GAMES AND AN INTRODUCTION TO LOOSE LEASH WALKING.

 

Do– Remember that the ages and stages of puppy development occur in a predictable pattern

Don’t– Wait to enroll in classes where your pup can properly socialize.