Aren't they precious!
The socialization stage has begun: 3-12 weeks
A puppy needs occasions to meet other pets and people during this stage. With our pups being out in the Doodle Den, they get to interact with our "Auntie" dogs, our "Gramma" dog and our Shih-tzu.
By three to five weeks, play becomes important as a puppy becomes aware of his or her surroundings, companions (both people and dogs), and relationships.
The influence of the puppy’s littermates increases at four to six weeks as he or she learns more about being a dog.
From four to twelve weeks, a puppy’s interaction with people becomes more influential. With littermates, the puppy learns to play, develops social skills, learns the inhibited bite, explores his or her social boundaries and hierarchy, and improves physical coordination.
By five to seven weeks, a puppy needs positive human interaction as he or she develops curiosity and explores new experiences. We have people over all the time to socialize with the pups, and we have neighborhood children come in to play with the pups, as well.
A puppy has full use of his or her senses by seven to nine weeks. A puppy is refining his or her coordination and physical ability, and can begin to be housetrained. Of course, they are already litter trained, which helps with house breaking later.
At eight to ten weeks, a puppy can experience real fear involving everyday objects and experiences. During this stage, a puppy needs support and positive reinforcement.
Enhancing responses, advancing social skills with littermates (proper contact), and investigating the surroundings and items takes place from nine to twelve weeks. This is a good time to begin elementary training as a puppy will begin to focus on people.