The First 8 Weeks of Puppy Development: The Most Important Time in Your Dog’s Life

The First 8 Weeks of Puppy Development: The Most Important Time in Your Dog’s Life

The first eight weeks of your puppy’s life are the most important. These are what I call the “puppy brain” years. These are the critical time when your puppy learns the basics to become a well-adjusted adult dog. We all know that puppies need a lot of training during these crucial first eight weeks, and that they can be a lot of work to take care of. But they are also an investment in your dog’s life. This is your chance to get to know your puppy, and spend time with him or her in a way that is easy and fun. Once you start to understand their behaviors, you can start to train them.

Physical Development

Once your puppy has opened its eyes and began to move about, you can start to walk them and play with them. You can start to teach them to sit, to lie down, to come when called, and to walk on a leash. You can teach your puppy to walk on a leash. You can play with your puppy in the yard. You can teach your puppy to learn to swim. You can teach your puppy to retrieve toys. Once your puppy learns to sit and roll over, you can start to train him or her to get up on their own. Once your puppy learns to get up on his or her own, you can start to teach them to be obedient around people, and to stay on the good side of other dogs. Once your puppy learns to get up on his or her own, you can start to teach him or her to get on the couch, the bed, or your lap.

Behavior Changes

For the first eight weeks of his life, puppies don’t know what their paws are for, or how to stand or walk on a leash, or when it’s OK to be a puppy, etc. So they learn those things during the first eight weeks. They also learn how to eat, how to defecate and to urinate on the potty pads. They learn what noise the dog house makes, and how to go for walks and play fetch. And that’s just a very small amount of what your puppy will learn during these eight weeks. Most of these behaviors will change and evolve over time, as your puppy gets older. Here’s the science behind it: Puppies have an amazing ability to transform their internal state, from “obedient,” “playful” and “loves you” to “naughty,” “distant” and “clingy” in the blink of an eye.

Health and Care

Here are some key changes that happen during the first eight weeks. First, your puppy goes from being unable to lift his head, to moving his head around like an adult dog. He learns what a comfortable posture looks like, and will learn that if he pushes off with his front paws, he will go up, and if he pushes off with his back paws, he will go down. While he is on his back, you will also see him play with toys, stare in amazement at the ceiling fan, or spin around on his back. He will also learn his name, and you can start to see him respond to it. Second, you will start to see him wake up from a deep sleep. He will blink his eyes, and you will see some movement. He will learn to eat from a bowl, and you can see that he will start to try and pick up his food.

Food and Nutrition

You are now in the food and nutrition stage. As I explained in How to Feed a Puppy, I use “grain-free” foods exclusively during the first 8 weeks. I do not feed them table food, except in the early puppy years, because table food can cause diarrhea, and I don’t want that to happen to your puppy. Nutrition is important because these early puppy years are the time when your dog needs the most vitamins and minerals. I also suggest you start these early puppy years with dry kibble, since it is easier to feed your puppy on the go, than something like puppy cereal. New chew toys Along with your food, you can also start feeding your puppy some new toys. These new chew toys can help your puppy learn the fun of chewing and explore different textures.

Training and Socialization

In the beginning of puppyhood, the dogs learn from you, and they learn a lot about how to be a good dog. It doesn’t matter whether you go for a walk or stay home. Both types of walks are educational, and the purpose of both is to teach them to walk safely with you. Since puppies have not been around humans that much, they need more stimulation to develop good behaviors. Their favorite activities include Laying in the sunshine, running around on the grass, chewing on things that don’t have fur Picking up dog toys, and bringing them to you Licking everything in sight If you are having company over, play with your puppy, or just show him or her some attention. If you are eating, your puppy wants to eat as well, and will sometimes go to your plate and beg.

Conclusion

Puppy training is a lot like teaching a kid how to read. The more you spend time with your puppy and make the learning fun, the more your puppy will learn. There’s no doubt about it, the first eight weeks are the most important and if you want your puppy to be a well-adjusted adult, you need to spend some time with them. In my blog posts on the first eight weeks of puppy development, I’ve given you all the information you need to get started. Just click on one of the links below to get started. “My Review Of A Beginner Puppy Training Program” “My Review Of A Puppy First Aid System” “My Review Of A Puppy Training Tool” “My Review Of The Puppy Training Kit From The Dog Channel” “5 Reasons To Start Training Your Puppy From The Start” I hope this article was helpful to you.

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