Puppy developmental periods are critical or sensitive stages for behavioral development and learning. As your puppy’s brain and body are growing, there are corresponding optimal periods when your puppy is primed to learn from the experiences they have.

During the first 16 weeks of life, puppies are rapidly learning about the world around them, and will probably learn more during this period than at any other time in their lives. It’s critical that puppies get the positive learning experiences they need from the start so that they can grow into resilient and confident adult dogs.

Of course, genetics, maternal environment, and breed characteristics have an impact on a puppy’s developmental trajectory. The guidelines you see here are general guidelines. Some breeds may have developmental stages that are a little longer or shorter or they may take place a little earlier or later.


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We offer puppy classes and puppy day training services that incorporate appropriate socialization, as well as private training to help you customize your socialization and training program.

Still have questions? Contact us at marsha@learningtodog.com