Puppy Development Stages: from Birth to Two Years Old

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Puppy Development Stages: from Birth to Two Years OldEveryone loves to make their pup grow up healthy and happy. To do this, everyone first needs to know their puppy's needs, so they have to understand what their puppy needs at each stage of its development. Here is a summary of your puppy development stages from birth to two years of age, or you can say puppy development by week summary:

Neonatal stage and dependency on the mother: from birth to 2 weeks

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This is the earliest stage in the puppy's development. The period from birth to two weeks is the time when the puppy is totally dependent on his mother for food and care; he cannot even stay clean at this stage. Puppies are born with a sense of taste and touch. You will see that your puppy's movement is very limited in the neonatal stage or you will see him mainly crawling slowly.



Stage of transition and development of the senses and weaning: 2-4 weeks

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This is the second one in the puppy development stages. When your puppy reaches the age of two to four weeks, he becomes conscious enough and begins to interact with his mother and other littermates. They open their eyes, and by the age of five weeks, their sight is fully developed. Still, his senses of smell and hearing are developing, and baby teeth are beginning to emerge as well. This is the stage when puppies start to wag their tails, bark and walk. When this period ends, the puppies become smart enough to eliminate without stimulation from their mother.

This is the phase where weaning begins. When the puppy reaches the age of three weeks, he should start on solid food. To do this, offer your puppy a small amount of soft dog food in a shallow dish. At the age of eight weeks, you should end lactation, and your puppy should begin to eat solid food.

Immunizations, socialization, and training: 3-16 weeks

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During the age of four to six weeks, you will see your puppy being influenced by his mother and his other littermates. At this puppy development stage, they learn different social skills and games from their peers; these include inhibited biting means biting one to play, not to hurt. At this stage, the puppy learns its classification within its group and also about the ins and outs of the group structure. At this stage of development, puppies become more vocal. During this time, you will see your puppy bark and growl all the time.

You also have to take into account this point that the personality of the puppies is affected by the character of their mother. If mom is fearful or aggressive towards people, your puppy will also have the same traits, so you should socialize him at a young age. Make it possible for your puppy to interact with people of all classes, such as young, old, male, and female. This socialization period also requires exposing your puppy to other different experiences, such as crate training, ringing bells, car rides, vacuuming, and other similar varieties of objects and sounds. You should also familiarize your puppy with handling hands and feet at a young age.

Socializing and training your puppy should start at your canine friend's young age, but that doesn't mean you have to separate your cute friend from his siblings and his mother before eight weeks. You can start house training for your puppy when he is five weeks old or when he begins to follow his mother through a pet door. At this stage, you have to take your puppy out to teach him elimination lessons.

When your puppy reaches the age of six weeks, you should start house training your pup. In this training, handle all of your puppy's parts, start from his collar, and then lead him. Also, teach him to come when you call him by his name and if he obeys your orders, reward him with treats and praise. The positive reinforcement method can also be used at this stage to train your puppy to praise, reward, and click.


When he reaches the age of eight weeks, each puppy begins to fear everyday objects, and that fear alarms them. If you see these signs in your puppy, you don't have to worry because it is a normal reaction, and you are not leading your dog to become a fearful dog.

You surely don't like socializing your dog with other puppies and cats before your puppy's vaccination because your puppy can get diseases like distemper, hepatitis, and parvo, and these diseases are so fatal to puppies. Generally, dog experts say that it is safe and that your puppy can play and socialize with another pet in a relationship-based trainer after one week from the second distemper/parvo shot. Consult with a vet about your puppy's health and should ask if there is an outbreak of distemper or parvo in your area.

You can socialize your puppy with other pets, too, like cats, horses, etc. In fact, you can socialize your puppy with any animal you want, but make sure the other pet is friendly, and your puppy is comfortable with him. Be sure to consider safety precautions and measures.

Classification establishment (within your group): 4-6 months 


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At this stage of development, the puppies grow daily, and you will see the evidence. Although you will see that your puppy is full of energy, this does not mean that you have to exercise them excessively. You will see your puppies using the classification in their group structure; they do this to determine where exactly they fit. It is also observed in puppies that they also overcome the fear phase that lasts for a month. Again, you don't have to worry; it is perfectly normal in a puppy's development.


Continuous training and socialization and adolescent stage: 6-12 months

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At this stage, you will find your puppy very rumbustious. You need to continue training and to socialize your puppy at this age. Socialization and exercise are very necessary for puppies if you want them to live happily and accepted in public areas such as beaches, dog parks, or anywhere you want them to take them with you.



Continuous training and social maturity: 1-2 years

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This is the stage when your puppy reached adulthood. There may still be changes in social habits and preferences up to the age of two. Ongoing training helps create fun and respectful relationships between your dog, yourself, and the other members of your family. Training at this stage is truly a blessing that makes owning a pet a full-time pleasure.



Last words

Proper development and training of a puppy are truly a blessing. If you are going to have a puppy for you and your family, make sure you provide everything necessary for its proper development and growth so that both of you can enjoy life together. Furthermore, it is important to train your puppy from a young age and teach them about the norms and discipline as training is necessary for every pup. Training is different according to the life stages of puppies, so consult your vet and train your puppy accordingly. 

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