Once a dog is born, it immediately enters into puppyhood, which lasts six to 18 months. This is a time when the dog has high energy levels and wants to spend most of their time playing, whether it’s with a ball outside or tug-of-war with a rope. During this time, it’s also when they nurse the most from their mother while playing with their brothers and sisters. During this time, they can be separated from their mothers once they turn two months old and develop enough strength and independence, which is when other people tend to adopt dogs.
Once a puppy is old enough to be on its own, it’s the ideal time for an appointment to be scheduled with the vet to ensure they can undergo an exam to evaluate whether they’re healthy or not. Supplements are often provided to dogs that may be weak and need support to thrive and develop proper physical and mental performance. The vet will provide supplements to help them grow and remain healthy, as well as provide them with the necessary vaccinations.
Puppies should learn how to become potty trained when they’re at a young age to ensure they can avoid creating messes in the house. Using a crate and treats can prove to be useful in helping them learn how to use the backyard throughout the day.
At eight to 10 weeks, they often experience a lot of fear when joining a new family. Using positive reinforcements, like treats, can help them to feel more comfortable, especially when they’re riding in the car or are socializing with other pets. Experts recommend avoiding using pain or shock to train them, which can lead to long-term fear and anxiety throughout their life.