Safe and sound in his mommy’s womb, many things are already starting to develop and influence his behaviour and personality.

The dad and mom’s genetics are playing a big part, as well as mom’s experiences while she is pregnant. Does she feel safe? Or does she have to scavenge for food in fear of people chasing her away? Is she healthy? Or is she in pain, ill or anxious? You can bet that what mommy dog is feeling, the puppies are experiencing as well. The release of hormones and chemicals, based on what momma-dog is going through, affects the puppies development and adult life. Informed puppy raisers and breeders know all the development stages of a puppy and will work with the puppies accordingly. These stages can go by very fast so you have to be on point all the time. The following points are a puppy development guide, just to give you a glimpse of the work that goes into raising a puppy.

Between 3-weeks and 7-weeks is a very sensitive and emotional time during a puppy’s life.

All of the above mentioned is an ideal case scenario. This is what we should all be striving for when purchasing a pup from a breeder. Puppies are hard work from the day they arrive in this world and as you can see, it takes a village to help each puppy to become a balanced pet. If the breeder you are wanting to purchase a pup from are not aware of the above phases or have not done any of the above to ensure a balanced healthy pup, you should probably not be buying from that person/s. Some dogs go through these phases very easily and some dogs struggle a bit. An ethical breeder would pick up that the puppy is having a hard time and they’ll step in to help.

If you are a puppy raiser, make sure you are informed about the above-mentioned phases, there is a lot more to it than written here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send them to me.