Puppy to Adult Development stages
The following list of developmental stages will help guide your training plan as well as perhaps temper your expectations as to what will happen when in your puppies’ development.
Important to note is that socialisation does not stop with puppy classes. Whilst attendance is preferred, active participation in your pup’s early development will help both of you adjust to situations later down the track.
Socialisation needs to be supervised and there are usually designated dog parks - not just off leash areas - where you will find like-minded people to connect with while witnessing how amazing your dog is.
0 - 2 Weeks - Neonatal
Most helpless stage
Body temperature cannot be self-regulate
Dam must initiate puppies’ ability to eliminate by way of licking
Eyes and Ears are closed, vocalisation as well as forward crawling movement is possible
2 - 3 Weeks - Transitional
Ears and eyes open
Eyes cannot yet fully see
Human handling and scent exposure should start here
3 - 4 Weeks -Awareness
Full sensory awareness
Ability to regulate body temperature and eliminate autonomously
Can ingest food besides sucking
Differing floor surfaces should be introduced