Getting SFC Puppies off to a great start!
Development: Puppies are born blind and deaf, puppies are totally dependent on the dam for survival. Puppies sleep 90% of the time.
Socialization: Sensitive handling starting at the neonatal stage helps a puppy's mind and body develop faster.
Development: Weaning takes place and socialization to dogs occurs at 4 to 6 weeks and to people at 6 weeks. If these opportunities are missed, the puppy will most likely always be fearful of dogs and/or humans.
Socialization: The greater social exposure a puppy receives during this time, the more likely he or she is to develop social flexibility, emotional stability and trainability skills. Puppies that stay in a kennel most of the time will be fearful and hard to rehabilitate.
Development: Puppies' eyes open completely around 13 days old, with usebale vision at 18-21 days. Ears open around 3 weeks. Puppies can crawl backward, wag their tails and start to walk. Rapid development of motor skills and imprinting occurs.
Socialization: Regular handling, cuddling and picking up puppies are important. Novel toys or objects should be provided in the whelping box. A variety of sounds and noises can help desensitize puppies to potentially frightening sights and sounds. The more a puppy explores, the more confident and assured he or she will be in the future.