1-14 days Not responsive to humans Sleeps eats need stimulation
15-21 days Eyes open Begins to walk (worming) needs mom and stimulation
22-35 days Begins to eat on their own, bark and play
6-7 wks Strong dominant/subordinate relationships and developing. Start puppy shots, leash
training and simple commands
8 wks Often termed the fear period Puppy should not be frightened or unnecessarily stressed
during this week
9-12 wks Bonds to humans. Learning sit/stay. Needs confidence instilled. Needs exposure
12-16 wks Learns by association; avoidance period
16-24 wks Praise lavishly for correct behavior
6-8 mo Basic Training and Consistent discipline. Continue socialization.
8-12 mo Reassurance necessary. puppy bloom stage teething end and puberty begins.
start adult food
12-18 mo Structured training, love most Shelties out of coat