Puppy Development

Newborn Pupster Development

Here is the scoop on all things Pupster. Pupsters are born blind deaf and toothless, who knew right?!. Their eyes and ears are closed, so they rely on smell and touch to navigate their surroundings. During this time they get a whole lotta eat, sleep, poop, repeat going on;) They cannot regulate their temperature until they are about 3 weeks old, so the majority of the time mommy snuggles with them and only leaves for short potty breaks. In addition to not being able to regulate their temperature very well, they get around like drunk blind peeps. Since they cannot support their weight for the first two weeks of life, they do the army crawl or wobble around on their bellies. All this wobbling, paddling and pushing helps to build strength in their legs and gets them on their way to walking. Fun fact on newbies or gross fact on newbies is this!! Not only are Pupsters born blind, deaf and wobbly, they also cannot potty on their own! They also rely on mommy for the milk-bar and to stimulate them to potty and keep them clean.  Sorry if that’s some big-time TMI. 😉

Birth to 2 Weeks

Puppies eat, sleep, snuggle, poop and double in weight during this time;) Their eyes will begin to open in the second week of life, usually between 10-14 days of age. It is different from pupster to pupster within the same litter.  However, they won’t be able to see clearly at first. The eyes will gradually open wider, revealing grayish-blue eyes with a hazy appearance. Which is why we wait until they are 3 weeks old to take their updated pictures. It is difficult to get good pictures while the eyes are in the various opening stages.  Puppies’ eyes will continue to develop over the next several weeks, reaching full vision around eight weeks of age. They are also mastering the army crawl in getting around. Most pupsters will be able to stand on their legs between days 15-21. They usually begin to walk with a wobbly gait around 21-28 days of age (hence the drunk peeps reference earlier).

Go Home time!!

We have done our best to give your pupster the best possible start! Now it is your job to help your pupster meet its full potential and get the proper training from the start.

Heather & Mercedes
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