Once born, the first three to five months define the most important period of a dogs life. In this brief time, a puppy’s experiences mold his perception about what is safe and what is a threat. This foundation is harder to change later on once the dog has matured.
During Puppyhood, your dog will:
- Learn how to socialize well with other dogs, if he has a lot of positive encounters with them. Dogs that miss out on this important development process can grow up to be fearful and aggressive around other canines.
- Learn how to be safe and playful around humans, if he has a lot of interactions with all kinds of people. Failing to socialize your dog with other humans can result in aggressiveness toward humans.
- Become accustomed to your family’s daily tasks. Exposing your puppy to dish washers, vacuum cleaners, cars and basically all the things he’ll be living with as a family dog, he is more inclined to take all those things in stride as an adult. Go slowly when introducing anything new and have patience and your puppy will be more receptive in its learnings.
- “Zoomies” also known as “Puppy rushes”. These are short energy bursts that combine barking, jumping, running and grabbing things and usually last a couple of minutes a few times a day.
- Get their adult teeth between 3-6 months of age. Teething provides a discomfort that will make the puppies want to chew on anything and everything to relieve the discomfort. Chew toys that can be stored in the freezer will give your puppy something safe to and relieving to chew on.
- Maybe eat their poop. dogs of any age can be prone to this nasty habit but it is more common in puppies. Be vigilant about picking up their poop fast!
How long it lasts Puppyhood
All breeds develop at different rates. The development speed is determined by dog size. Generally the small breeds develop the quickest, large breeds more slowly and giant breeds are know as the late bloomers. Puppyhood is considered to be between five and six months then comes adolescence.
Things to keep in mind during Puppyhood
- Puppy-proof your home before you move your puppy in. You will protect both your belongings and puppy. Taking your puppy away from his mom and littermates before eight weeks of age can harm his socializing skills with other dogs.
- Keep your puppy in the house and surrounded with family. Isolating your puppy could result in future aggression and fear. Dogs are very social animals that enjoy companionship.
- Vaccinations are necessary to protect him from serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Puppies should receive a series of shots that start between 6-8 weeks of age and end at about the twentieth week.
- Ask your vet when your puppy will be ready to walk around in public places without catching dog diseases. (usually around 4-6 months of age)