Caring for puppies in their first 12 weeks of life

During the first two weeks of your puppies’ life, they will grow literally every day, and gain about 15% of your weight every day. With the beginning of the second week, their development will have maximum speed when they will progress very quickly from tiny blind helpless babies who were born with large limiting their head movements, in fairly independent little dogs.

Caring for puppies in their first 12 weeks of life

Transition from second to third week

Once your puppies reach the middle of the second week of life, their eyes will begin to open, and from 10 to 14 days they will all be see. Mother will regularly lick and bathe them, thereby cleansing eyes and stimulating to open them. By the end of the second week they will begin recognize the movement and change in brightness of light, and will already pay attention to surrounding things. Puppies will become a little more coordinated, begin to crawl out of their nest and will try to walk.

At the same time, the puppies will begin to form their first bonds, recognizing the mother and her fellow tribesmen, and also learn to recognize objects around them that will be permanent in their environment.

From the third to fourth week – the development of feelings and personality

During the third week of puppies’ life, their awareness of environment will expand significantly and they will begin to recognize people who come and go on a regular basis. For puppies this will be the first conscious experience of contact with a person who will shape their image for the rest of their lives, so it’s important make sure, especially at this point, that your puppies will not experience no negative experiences with people and will not be affected by any things that can scare or shock them. If the puppies on at this stage bad associations will develop, it will be very difficult change at later stages.

At the same time, the puppies will begin to imitate their mother and will try to clean yourself, go to the toilet and develop others normal dog habits. At this point your puppies are really will learn to be like dogs!

Week 4-7: Discipline and Social Development

In the fourth week of life, puppies will begin to learn to play and interact with their peers, with their mother and with any other adult dogs that live in the house. Toothy little puppies will automatically try to grab and bite everything is around, and at that moment the mother will begin to teach them about unacceptability biting and other good manners. In addition, at that moment mother will gradually wean them from their milk, and the puppies will start take an interest in the solid food an adult dog eats. She will also begin to softly assert itself as a pack leader among puppies. At this point, you should begin a serious acquaintance and interaction with people, wasting time on socializing puppies, making them meet and play with you and your family and teach them never bite, but just have fun.

Although communication with people is very important for puppies at this age, they will still spend a lot of time with their mother, and you should not seek to expedite their excommunication or to remove them from mothers for more than ten minutes at a time.

From the fourth to the seventh week of life, puppies will begin to understand principles of safe play, and respect, but not be afraid of people. AT at this age, it’s important not to overdo it in their discipline, therefore do not scold them when they bark, spatter, scatter things or fight each other.

Week 7-12: First Vaccinations and Puppy Fear

During the seventh and eighth week of your puppy’s life you need will take care of their primary vaccination, in order to prepare them for meeting other dogs and keep them in safety.

It should be noted that between 8 and 12 weeks your puppies will start learning at a very fast pace when they will have numerous contacts with the outside world, they will learn new smells, sounds and sensations, as well as truly recognize people and new dogs.

Most puppies, though not all, will have to go through a huge number of terrible things for them, they can be terrified of absolutely harmless things, situations and some people. At this time, it is still important not to overdo them. discipline to avoid exposure to any really dangerous or scary situations. Having a mother or people they know can help them reduce and survive everything emerging fears and teach them the correct responses to these irritants.

At this point, you can also start training your puppies in basic to teams such as sitting or standing, as well as teaching them to walk in toilet so that they develop their bladders and can sleep all night without any incident.

Do not forget that at this stage it is important to complete the full course vaccination of puppies to provide them with the necessary protection in order so that they can start communicating with other dogs outside houses.

12 weeks

Around the age of 3 months your puppies will turn into fully formed young dogs ready to enter the world without their mothers and fellow tribesmen. Excommunication by this moment should be completed, and the puppies must eat on their own. Their training new teams and appropriate manners at this time should go full underway. Congratulations, now all your puppies are ready to start their life. in their new homes!

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