Puppy development stages are crucial. In this guide we explain the key development stages for puppies.
Dogs, like children, go through several important developmental stages, and how they are treated during them has a major influence on their behaviour as adults. A mature dog's personality is influenced by how he interacts with his dam and litter mates, and his socialization during those critical first 12 weeks of his life. Some of this interaction will be handled by his breeder, and the rest will be your responsibility.
Because so many dogs are euthanised due to behavioural problems, all dog owners need to understand what is happening to their dog during these stages, and how to manage them so their dog is properly socialized and trained.
3 to 12 weeks.