When can puppies start seeing?
Unlike their eyes, which are born functional but not fully developed, puppies are born deaf.
They cannot hear until 3 weeks or so of age.
During this initial 2 to 3 weeks, your practically blind and deaf pup must navigate the world using scent.
How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster – usually at around 14–16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.
Young puppies have short attention spans but you can expect them to begin to learn simple obedience commands such as "sit," "down," and "stay," as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age.
Formal dog training has traditionally been delayed until 6 months of age.
Actually, this juvenile stage is a very poor time to start.
Help your dog stop crying when left alone
- Set a reliable daily ROUTINE.
- Give regular DAILY exercise.
- Leave the TV or radio on when you leave.
- Give him a "food puzzle" toy.
- Desensitize him to your leaving.
- Don't make a big deal about leaving.
- Don't make a big deal when you come home.
- Crate train.
These will include the core vaccines, which are administered in a series of three: at 6-, 12-, and 16 weeks old.
The core vaccines include the DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza).
Your pup will also need a rabies vaccination, which is usually around $15—20.
When should a puppy start eating solid food? Puppies should get solid food starting at about four weeks, when they're not able to get all the calories they need from their mother's milk.
Most puppies are weaned by six weeks.