Development of your new puppy!

Development of your new puppyThere are 4 main development stages of a puppy. These are good to know as you move forwards in training and working with your puppy.

The first stage is Neonatal. This stage happens before you get your puppy from birth to about 2 weeks of age. During this time they are dependent on their mom, their eyes and ears are not open and all of the sensory input is done through smell and touch. The puppies that receive better maternal care in this stage do better with social and physical engagement as adults. Gentle handling of neonates starting at 3 days of age will help them to be calmer as they grow.

The second is the Transitional Stage, which lasts about a week when their eyes and ears open and begin to function. They gain muscle control and start learning how to socially communicate and interact. Such as growling and playing. At this time they are able to go to the bathroom without maternal stimulation. At this time introducing an appropriate substrate to eliminate is a good idea.

The third stage is Socialization. This stage is where puppies will learn to be social towards other dogs and other species. During the socialization stage that he is “sensitive” time, this time refers to age 3 weeks to 12-14 weeks. This is when the bulk of socialization needs to take place, getting them used to new things that may be scary or uncomfortable to them. Puppies that are weaned too early will struggle with this phase of life and puppies that are not handled while they are young tend to be more fearful of humans. Take the proper precautions to socialize your puppy during this critical/sensitive time, being aware that they are at higher risk of getting sick.

The last stage is the Juvenile stage. This represents the end of the socialization period to sexual maturity. On average sexual maturity is reached by 6 months of age, this may be delayed in large or giant breed dogs. Some breeds may remain behaviorally immature even after sexual maturity is reached. Behavior issues are more often reported during this stage because of immaturity. It is important to keep this in mind and continue to work on behaviors at home or with a trainer to give your puppy the best opportunity to be successful as an adult.

Getting a new puppy can be challenging, just remember that you can always reach out to us and ask any questions you may have.

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Melissa D.

I brought in my 9 week old kitten who had an injured leg. They were so compassionate and took the best care of him. He is in a splint and will do laser therapy to heal quicker. I am so grateful they had a cancellation and could get me in. Dakota and Dr Rivera explained everything to me with upfront pricing that I could afford. I will be bringing both of my kittens here for all their veterinary needs. Again I am so grateful, a day later and my kitten is comfortable and healing.

TaNaya H.

UVH is awesome! I take my puppy Kona here and the whole staff is wonderful and welcoming and take care of Kona with care! I'm glad I chose this veterinary hospital!

Anastasia A.

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Chanel N.

My pet rabbit seemed to be in pain and I called Utah Veterinary Hospital to see if I could bring him in for an emergency appointment. They were able to get him scheduled within a few hours, which was miraculous considering we had not been to this clinic before. Tragically, they found my rabbit was too ill to continue living. Throughout the entire process all of the staff were empathic, compassionate, and caring. They even sent a personalized card a week later expressing their condolences. I highly recommend their services and plan to take any future pets there for care. Thank you so much for your support during this hard time for our family.

Debbie W.

Dr. Rivera and his aides are wonderful! The same cannot be said about the current front desk receptionists. They desperately need training in public relations. When I expressed my frustration with one of them, she told me I could go to a different vet. As per her suggestion, that’s exactly what I’ve done.

Riley H.

I was impressed by the vets knowledge as the species of lizard i have aren't super common yet in the pet trade but he knew exactly what was going on and taught me something new. I would recommend this vet for anyone with a reptile or other exotic pet. All the staff were very nice and helpful as well!!

Elise

Dr.Rivera & Erin did an amazing job caring for our bunny Gracie. I'm so glad we found a veterinarian willing and with experience working with bunnies. Thank you for all your hard work! It's very much appreciated & it means a lot to us.

Matt S.

This is the best vet in Utah County. They treat both cats, dogs and other exotic animals. The doctors are super helpful. The staff is incredibly friendly and so nice and my pet is very afraid of the doctors and we had a little emergency and they were able to get us in same day and we just had a wonderful experience.
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