Understanding your puppy's development stages will help you define the best time to train and educate them. As your puppy grows, so do their nutritional needs. Providing the right nutrition is key for healthy development from puppyhood all the way to adulthood.
8 - 12 weeks
Your puppy needs a lot of human interaction and can start to learn basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. New outings should wait until your puppy is fully vaccinated. Your puppy should also start to sleep through the night and start to control their bowels and bladder better.
3 - 4 months
Your puppy will be more independent and may ignore basic commands they know. You might also see your puppy play biting. It’s important to gently and consistently reinforce commands and a ‘no bite’ policy, and to establish the hierarchy in your household.
4 - 6 months
Your puppy will be teething. Giving your puppy durable toys may help to relieve pressure and pain. At this time, hormonal changes will start to occur, making it the ideal time to neuter your puppy.
Depending on your puppy’s anticipated adult size, they may grow more quickly or slowly than others. It’s important to know when to transition them to their adult food in order to provide them with the best nutrition adapted to their adult needs.
Puppy Care Guide
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