Dog Life Stages - Puppy (1-12 months)
Your puppy’s temperament and behavior are developed within the first 16 weeks of his life. The more time he spends around people and other dogs the less aggressive his instincts will be.
Watch your puppy’s stool. Yes, it’s not very pleasant, but it could save her life. If you notice any diarrhea or blood, bring her into the vet as soon as possible.
ALL puppies need to be immunized to protect them from disease. Make a schedule with your vet and follow through on it.
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If you’re caring for a puppy (1-12 months) this is the place for you. We’ve got tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on proper puppy development.
The first few months are crucial to your puppy’s health. Here, you’ll find links to articles on basic care including behavior, grooming, exercise and more.
- Puppy Basics 101 - How to Care for Your New Dog
- Puppy Socialization
- How to Select a Puppy That's Right for You
- Puppy Proof Your Home
Puppies require different levels of nutrients than older dogs do. That’s why they should be fed only puppy food for their first year of life. Find out more about puppy-specific nutrition.
Puppies need special preventative care including vaccinations and parasite medications. Read more on how often your puppy needs to see the vet.
Training a puppy is a great idea. It encourages good behavior early and ensures you won’t have to break bad habits later. It’s also easier than you may think!
- Puppy Training 101: How to Properly Socialize Your Dog
- Why Veterinarians and Trainers Alike Love Crates for House-Training Puppies
- 7 Trainer-Approved Puppy Housebreaking Tips
- Five Training Tips for New Puppy Owners
- How Can I Keep My Puppy From Biting Me?
- How Do I Keep My Puppy From Chewing Everything in My House?
- How to Potty-Train a Puppy: 5 Puddle-Proof Tips to Follow
Puppy to Adult Dog
So your little puppy is all grown up. Are you ready for it? Adult dogs have specific nutrition, exercise, grooming and basic care requirements. There are many things to watch for and keep in mind as your puppy’s needs evolve into those of an adult dog. Learn about the “Adult Dog” Lifestage »