Having a puppy makes you as responsible as having your own baby. It’s fun watching your puppy grow. It is also quite stressful sometimes. As you are less aware of their growth milestones. Dog’s growth is divided into 4 crucial stages. Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-12 months, and 12 months above.

It is fun to see tiny four-legged life to grow into a matured dog day by day. Below mentioned developments are the general stages of the development process. 

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Neo-natal – During the neo-natal stage puppies are completely dependent on their mommies for food and care. They don’t move a lot just slow crawling. They sleep a lot and deprived of senses.

Week 2 –  In the second-week puppies start slightly opening their eyes. This is one of the earliest development stages of a puppy. They try walking with the minimal strength they have.

Week 3 – 5 – By this period their senses are highly developed. They are now more active, they walk, run, and even bark and wag their tails. You can see some frontal, as well as canines teeth, start appearing. During this stage, you can start to introduce little solid foods.

Week 6 – Puppies can eat light meals this week. They will be teething during the stage and will love to get some chewy treats to bite on. They will be most active now onwards and as a parent, you should spend more time playing with them. 

Month 2 to 3 – You can start to train your puppy. Not all at once but slowly and gradually socializing them will make them habitual to people and their surroundings. They will be scared of new things and noises at home and outside. As a parent, we need to make them comfortable.

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Month 4 to 5 – The height and size of your puppy might be well increased and get their adult teeth. They should be well trained by the fifth month. You can also take them to walks. The male puppy gets sexually matured. You can neuter them with the vet’s advice.

Month 6 – This is the time of “chewing toys comebacks”. They will develop adult teeth and feel like bitting on. Always get chewing toys for your dog while teething. It is advised to take them to the vet for teeth inspection. They can eat 2 complete meals per day and enjoy long walks when the days are good. You can start thorough training, take them to swim, and play to play in the park. Female dogs are sexually matured here and you can spay them with the vet’s advice. Start introducing them grooming sessions and frequent bathing. While shampooing you need to notice if they have any allergies. Choose good shampoos as per their coat and maintain the same through the years.

Month 7 to 9 – Most of the breeds will be fully grown in the 9th month. This is one of the crucial development phases of your puppy turned into a dog. They need to be trained properly as well as should be taken to social gatherings to get along as they can get familiar with the crowd. Practice them to get comfortable with a leash. Use a clicker and train them with rewards. You might end up giving out extra calories to your dogs if you give away too much of food rewards. It will ultimately gain your dog’s weight and end up making them obsessed. Pro long overweight can cause bones related problems in long run. You can schedule a regular vet’s visit to keep the check on your dogs health. Food treats need to be used correctly to reinforce good behavior not ending up spoiling them. One must understand in this phase your dog is young and you can train them all the good you want to.

Month 10 to 1-year-old – Now your dog is into its a young age. A teenage dog is very much anxious and leaving them alone for a long time will make it worse. To avoid this you need to train them. While all this process is quite stressful you need to be calm and positive. Punishment or other harsh practices should not be strictly practiced. Instead, you must inculcate positive reinforcement through love and understanding. This will grow a well behaved matured pet. Not just proper food but proper diet must be given to the dog along with fresh and clean water. This keeps your dog healthy. To maintain hygiene, scheduled grooming and vet check-ups are a must. Buy a clean bed and training equipment as this is the only time when he will enjoy learning while developing. Teach him to follow the command and make him exercise regularly. 

Most importantly remember to pamper and love your pet while doing all these training and activities. We as pet parents need to understand from our pet’s point of view. This will always help us to grow a lovely, well-behaved dog from a small newborn pup. It is as overwhelming as growing up a human baby.

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