Beginner’s Guide to Raising a Puppy: 8 Weeks to 12 Weeks

If you’ve always dreamed of having a puppy, there are a lot of steps before you can bring home that baby. During the first eight weeks of your puppy’s life, you’re responsible for a lot. You’ll have a lot of questions about vaccinations, dog food and what to do if your puppy has an accident. It’s important to know all the questions you’ll have and how to answer them, and this is your guide to raising a puppy. So, let’s get started.

Physical Development

If you’re a puppy newbie, it’s important that you pay attention to the physical development of your puppy. In the first four weeks, puppies will learn to walk and run around the house, and during this time they’ll also discover their new senses. Here’s what’s really important to pay attention to during this time: Headlights, especially if your puppy is still asleep: You’ll see that your puppy likes to check out the world in the darkness. The eyes will stay shut while the puppy sleeps, so you’ll see a flash of light reflecting off their closed eyes. When you look, you’ll see the white of their eyes as they open. Sometimes, it’s accompanied by a whimper, too. They’re learning to do this, so that when they’re a little older, their eyes won’t automatically close when they’re sleeping.

Behavior Changes

After bringing home a puppy, you’ll notice some behavioral changes that you have to adapt to. If you’re expecting your puppy to sleep through the night when you bring him home, you’ll soon find out that’s not how things will be. You’ll be woken up several times throughout the night, sometimes by the loud noises and sounds your puppy makes. You’ll also have to figure out a routine where your puppy can sleep through the night. Just like you, he wants to be up and active at all times. So it might take some time to adjust to your new schedule. Common Puppy Sleeves If you decide to wait until your puppy is a year old to get a puppy, your waiting period is much shorter than for a full-grown dog.

Health and Care

As a new puppy owner, you’ll want to talk to your veterinarian at the beginning of your puppy’s life, about the puppy’s health. During this meeting, you should learn about the puppy’s needs. What should the puppy be fed? What does the veterinarian recommend? What foods should be avoided? The puppy’s health is one of the most important steps to follow during the first eight weeks of its life. You want your puppy to be able to grow strong and healthy, so you have to make sure you’re giving it the right nutrition. Also, after the first few weeks, it’s important to know what to do if your puppy has an accident. To prevent your puppy from having accidents, make sure you follow these steps: Get the puppy out and be consistent in where you take it.

Food and Nutrition

It’s best to start feeding your puppy with puppy formula, about two ounces a day, for the first two to three weeks, says the American Kennel Club. You can continue that food until it reaches 15 to 16 weeks old, but you can also feed it kitten formula. If you want to make your own food for your puppy, start out by making a few dry mixes, such as this chicken and rice mix, then add hot dog bits at a time. Give your puppy as much variety as possible in his food. If you want to make a specialty food, you can add chick peas to the rice and then add ground turkey or even ground beef. Don’t forget to feed your puppy human food, such as pieces of cooked chicken, eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots and other veggies.

Puppy Training

Before you have a puppy, you need to know how to train your new baby. If you read the puppies guide to learning, you’ll understand how puppies learn. Puppies are smart. They’ll know when you give them an egg and when you put them in the crate, for example. They’ll also learn if you take them somewhere or if you’re busy at home. The best thing to do when training a puppy is to have a routine. Here’s a quick one to get you started: Puppies require 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you can’t commit to 30 minutes a day of exercise, don’t get a puppy. How to Train a Puppy: The Houdini Method If you’re up for the challenge, there are several ways to train a puppy. This one is simple: treat treats as training tools.


At the end of the day, raising a puppy is a lot of work, but they’re so rewarding and bring a lot of joy into your life. If you are the first person to adopt a puppy, be sure to make a list of questions to ask the rescue organization. You can usually call them to get more information.