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The 5 Stages of Puppyhood and What to Expect From Each

New puppy parents often have questions about how their little one will grow, develop and learn. Here are some important guidelines to help you know what to expect at each stage and beyond. When is a puppy no longer considered a puppy?

5 stages of puppyhood

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • New puppy parents are naturally very curious about what to expect as their pet grows from a small blob of fur into an adult dog
  • There are five major milestones in the life of a puppy: whelp, neonate, the transition period, the awareness period, and the socialization period
  • These are general age-related milestones; it's important to remember that each dog develops at his or her own pace based on several factors, including their breed

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