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Your Newborn Doodle Puppy (0-4 weeks)

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So your Doodle puppy was born! Woohoo! 

You can now count down the days until he gets to come home.

In the meantime, it might interest you to learn what is happening with your Dood developmentally.

Physically and behaviorally, your Dood is going through a lot. Let’s find out exactly what that means.

Neonatal period (0 to 2 weeks)

Your Newborn Doodle Puppy (0-4 weeks)

Physical Development

  • Puppy can touch and taste at birth, but that’s about it. 
  • He was born fully furred, but with his eyes and ears closed, so he cannot hear or see.
  • His front feet are strong, allowing him to pull himself towards mama.
  • He spends most of his time sleeping or suckling.
  • He cannot regulate his own body temperature and therefore needs his mama to keep warm.
  • If Puppy’s tail is going to be docked, this procedure will take place in the first two to three days.
  • By ten days old, Puppy will double his birth weight!
  • During week 2, Puppy’s eyes will start to open, though he probably still won’t be able to see very much.
  • In week 2, he will also add another 5-10% to his body weight.
  • By the end of week 2, the breeder will begin to handle Puppy more and get him used to human contact. The breeder will also worm him for the first time.

Transitional Period (2 to 4 weeks)

Physical Development

  • Puppy’s eyes and ears open up!
  • He can stand, sit up, and walk.
  • His sense of smell and hearing develops.
  • He can wag his tail.
  • Puppy starts to regulate his body temperature more effectively.
  • By the end of this period, Puppy will have all his teeth and will have started eating puppy food.
  • Puppy may even start to bark.
  • By the end of this period, Puppy should be able to go potty and see quite well on his own.
  • He will also have become really active and strong on his legs.
  • The breeder will worm him for the second time.

Behavioral Development in the First Month

  • Puppy will start learning some simple social skills, coordination, and the ranking process.
  • Interactions with mama and siblings teach bite inhibition.
  • He will learn appropriate submissive and attention-soliciting and attention-receptive behavior.
  • He will gain confidence and learn appropriate social behavior with other dogs.
  • He will grow in independence gradually as he passes through the key puppy development stages.
  • Puppy also begins to develop his personality.
  • He may also start to move away from the sleeping area to empty his bowels and bladder.

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