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Puppy Development From 1 to 8 Weeks

Puppies develop at different rates depending on their breed. Some breeds mature faster than others. The first week of puppy development is crucial because it determines whether your puppy will be a high-energy dog or a low-energy dog. If you’re not careful, this can determine the rest of your dog’s life. Here are some tips for making sure that your puppy develops properly and stays healthy: 

Your puppy will start out with a soft, fluffy coat and grow into a sturdy adult that can withstand the rigors of life in the wild. Puppies are born blind and deaf but begin to see and hear within 24 hours after birth. Their eyes open for the first time about 2 days later, and they begin to move around shortly thereafter.

Your Puppy’s Fist 7 Days:

Day 1: The first 72 hours after birth are critical because it is when your pup’s senses form. If you don’t remove them for 24 hours, they will never open again. You should let the puppies get up and be active around 10 am so that their bodies can learn how to regulate body temperature.

Day 2: If you are working all day, it’s important to make sure the pups’ mother is letting them nurse or bottle feeding them for longer than 3 or 4 hours at a time. Some breeders will let the puppies sleep in their own whelping box for this reason if they are not fed by hand. 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep is necessary for the puppies to develop properly.

Day 3: By 3 days old, puppies have developed enough coordination to crawl. They may take up to 7 months to walk properly. The first week of puppy development is the most important for determining what kind of personality your puppy will have. You can tell if your puppy has a lot of energy by how active he is. He may be jumping all over the place. Or he might just be lying there sleeping.

Day 4: By this point, the pups should have been eating food three times a day for at least 24 hours. It’s important that the food is not too hot or cold when fed to them because that will stress the pups and make them more susceptible to disease.

Day 5: You can start letting the puppies out of their whelping box and play gently with each other, but make sure your pup’s mother is there to watch over them before you let them leave the whelping box for good.

Day 6: At this point, it’s important to make sure the pups are not exposed to other dogs or people because they’re vulnerable to diseases and stress.

Day 7: By day seven, your new pup should start getting a routine going with you. You can let them play together more freely by this point but don’t leave them alone together because that can lead to fighting

Your puppy’s physical development during this time is very rapid. His eyes are open, his ears are standing up, and he is starting to move around also starts to eat solid food. During this period, he should be able to stand up without support.

What You Should Know About Week 2 To 8:

2 Weeks Old Puppy

During the second week of puppy development, you can see that your puppy is getting more coordinated. He’ll start to walk on his own. And he’ll begin to explore his surroundings.

He’ll probably still be eating solids but now he’ll start to drink water as well. If you keep him in an area with plenty of room to run, he’ll get lots of exercises. Your puppy now weighs about 2 pounds and is growing rapidly. His teeth start to come in, and you’ll notice that he begins to look more alert. By now, he should be eating three meals a day.

A puppy’s behavior changes throughout its lifetime. At one point, he’ll be happy to play all day long. Then, as his body matures, he’ll become more serious and focused. And finally, when he becomes an older dog, he’ll settle down to enjoy retirement.

During the first few weeks of puppy development, you’ll notice that your new pup is very active. He’ll explore everything in sight, including your furniture and other pets. His curiosity may lead him to chew things like cords and electrical wires. If this happens, don’t worry –most dogs won’t damage anything permanently. Just keep an eye on what your puppy is chewing and remove any items that could harm him.

3 Weeks Old Puppy

By now, your puppy will be gaining weight and developing muscle tone. He’ll also be exploring everything in sight. He’ll probably have developed some bad habits like chewing things, digging holes, and chasing cats. But don’t worry; these behaviors will disappear once he gets older.

As far as exercise goes, you can continue to let him run free. He’ll need plenty of exercises to stay healthy and strong. As long as you supervise him, he should be fine. 

Puppies need lots of time outside in the sun and fresh air to grow properly. They also need regular feeding with nutritious food. Breeders usually recommend that puppies have access to clean water from birth until they are eight weeks old. This helps keep them healthy by preventing urinary tract infections. It also prevents dehydration since puppies drink more liquid

4 Weeks Old Puppy

At 4 weeks old, your puppy should weigh between 5 to 6 pounds. He’ll be bigger than when he was born. He’ll be drinking more water and eating more solids. During the next several weeks, your puppy will learn how to communicate with people through vocalizations and gestures. He’ll also learn how to follow commands and respond to your voice. Your puppy will probably bark at strangers and other animals, so make sure that no one comes near him until you’ve had some training sessions.

You can start introducing him to other dogs and people. At this age, he’ll be ready to learn basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and wait. Make sure that he has been vaccinated, wormed, and microchipped. Also, make sure that he is wearing identification tags.

5 Weeks Old Puppy

Your puppy should be gaining weight steadily. He should be able to jump up onto the bed without falling off. He should be walking well and exploring things around him. By now, your puppy should be doing better with obedience training. He’ll be learning new tricks every day. He’ll be walking on a leash and playing fetch. He’ll be starting to sleep through the night. It’s important to teach your puppy not to bite or nip. When he does, immediately tell him “No!” and give him a treat.

The best way to ensure that your puppy receives the nutrition he needs for growth, health, and good temperament is by feeding him a balanced diet. Puppies need about half as much food per pound of body weight as adult dogs do. A puppy’s daily caloric intake should be divided into three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Feeding times are determined by how often you feed your puppy, not by what time he goes to bed. 

6 Weeks Old Puppy

At six weeks old, your puppy should weigh between 7 and 10 pounds. He should be able to run around and play with other dogs. If he isn’t yet potty trained, you should begin teaching him to use the bathroom outside. If you’re planning to take your puppy hiking or camping, it’s best to teach him to go outdoors at this age. He’ll be less likely to develop problems like diarrhea or worms while he’s out of doors.

7 Weeks Old Puppy

Your puppy should be getting stronger and faster by now. He should be able to climb stairs and jump over obstacles. He should be sleeping through the night. And he should be beginning to understand how to follow simple instructions8 Weeks Old Puppy

If you’ve been taking good care of your puppy, he should be reaching full maturity by now. His coat should be shiny and smooth. He should be weighing between 12 and 20 pounds. He’ll be fully mature and ready for any type of dog sport or activity.

 8 Weeks Old Puppy

He should be able to get into any crate or kennel that you put him in. He should be able to go out in public safely. He should be housebroken and know his name. He should be able to walk on a leash and respond to voice commands. By nine weeks old, your puppy should be completely housetrained. He should still be growing rapidly, but he shouldn’t be too big. He should be healthy and active. 

Puppy Development From 1 to 8 Weeks

FAQ

What age should my puppy be when I start housetraining?

It’s best to start housetraining your puppy at 6 weeks old. At this age, your puppy is more likely to be ready for house training because he’ll still be growing rapidly and won’t yet be too big.


How long should each training session be?

Each training session should last about five minutes. If your puppy isn’t following commands by the end of the five-minute period, you’re pushing him too hard. Stop for the day and begin again the next day.


Do I have to do all of my puppy training alone?

No. In fact, it’s best to have at least one more person help you with your puppy’s training. Make sure that the additional person is familiar with the commands that you’re teaching your puppy and can give them to him while you’re out of the room. This will help your puppy get used to obeying commands from multiple people.


What if I work full time?

If you work full time, it’s especially important to make sure that your puppy has plenty of socialization during the first three months. If possible, arrange for someone to come by your house at least twice a day to play with and train your dog. You can also ask a friend or neighbor to help you with your puppy’s training.


Can I take my puppy outside for walks before he’s fully housetrained?

No, you shouldn’t take your puppy out in public until he is fully house trained. Taking him outside will only make it harder for him to learn how to control his bladder and bowel movements. He’ll be less likely to lose control of his bladder or bowels if he’s only taken outside to go to the bathroom.

 
When can I take my puppy to the vet?

You should be able to take your puppy to the vet when he’s about six weeks old. If you follow these age guidelines, your puppy will have received all of his baby shots by eight weeks old. You’ll need to bring your vaccination records with you so that the veterinarian knows which vaccinations your puppy has received.


What should I feed my puppy?

You should only give your puppy food that is specially made for dogs. This type of dog food contains all of the nutrients and vitamins that a growing dog needs to grow strong and healthy. You should never give your puppy chocolate, candy, high-fat food, or table scraps.


Can I let my puppy play with other dogs?

Yes. Puppies can start playing with other puppies at about six weeks old. But you should supervise their play until they are fully vaccinated.


Is it okay for my puppy to play with children?

Yes. Puppies can play with children as long as they’re supervised and the children are gentle with them. However, you should never leave your dog alone with a child who is under five years old.