Puppy Development Stages with Growth Charts and Week by Week Guide:
The first stage is called “Empowerment” phase. During this time, puppies are learning basic commands such as sit, down, stay and come. They may even have learned some simple tricks.
Some puppies will not learn any commands at all during this period. You may notice that your puppy does not look like he’s enjoying himself very much during this phase of development!
During this phase, your puppy needs lots of exercise and playtime. Your puppy may need to go outside or into a separate room to do something else. If you’re lucky enough to live near a dog park, then take advantage of it!
Play with other dogs while your pup enjoys the company of others. A good way to do this is by having him join in on tug-of-war games with another dog or two.
Your puppy may still be bored during this phase. He might just want to lie around and watch TV or play video games. Don’t force him to do anything, but don’t ignore his needs either!
Let him get away from you if he wants to do so, but make sure he gets out of the house occasionally too!
THE NEXT STAGE IS THE “Boredom Phase”. This is the phase where most owners get frustrated and annoyed with their new dogs. Your dog may be bored, but it’s mainly due to bad timing on your part.
Your dog wants to play, but you want to do other things like eat dinner or watch Dancing With The Stars! This is another phase where a lot of puppies end up getting abandoned by their ignorant owners. You need to make sure this doesn’t happen!
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