8 Week Old Puppy Development – What To Expect


8 to 12 weeks for puppies to develop

The time has come now that you’ve brought home your new puppy. I hope you have all you need for your new dog. If not, you still have time to check over our in-depth guide on puppy preparation.

Since your puppy (and you!) have a lot to learn throughout the 8 to 12-week-old development stage, your job is cut out for you. Although it may seem a little overwhelming at first, following our guidelines should help you feel how to care for your new pup.

A Puppy’s First 24 Hours with You

Give to settle the pick-up of your puppy on a day when you are off from work so that you have enough time to get your puppy used to their new home. A travel carrier, leash, harness, and puppy pads are recommended.

Please do your best to keep your puppy calm while you travel back because they could feel a bit anxious. If you want to bring something with your puppy’s scent to keep them calm on the travel home, ask the breeder or rescue organization if you can.

Reduce noise when your puppy initially moves into their new home. Your young dog may feel terrified and anxious, so give them some space if they need it.

Make sure that any new pets first stay in a different room to prevent overwhelming your partner.

Your puppy may settle into their new home immediately, or it may need some time. In either case, let them explore their surroundings at their own pace.

Make your puppy a bed if you haven’t already, so they have a comfortable place to sleep. To transfer residences and owners in one day must be stressful!

The first night

The first night is always the hardest for puppy owners. Having to feel being by themselves and in a strange place without their mother and siblings will undoubtedly be stressful for your new pup.

But don’t worry; you can do a few things to ensure that you and your puppy have a good night’s sleep.

When it’s time for your puppy to sleep, make sure their bed is as comfortable as you can manage. Along with some blankets and toys, put some puppy pads in their crate in case of accidents.

A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel is an additional choice. Be sure not to overheat it! They’ll make cozy and think of their mother.

Bring the crate or pen for your puppy into your bedroom if you can. Your presence will feel them a little bit more at peace. If not, put your dog’s bed in a cozy, peaceful room.

Your puppy may whimper and wail the first few nights, but you shouldn’t comfort them or give them any attention. Some owners have the temptation to let their puppies sleep on their beds. If you do that, they’ll merely make more noise. Make sure you only approach your pup when they are not barking.

Your puppy will need to use the restroom at night, so you should set many alarms. Even at eight weeks, puppies can only hold their bladder for two hours.

Put your pup on a leash when you take it outside, and ensure they return to its bed afterward. This will help them get used to the evening schedule.

Eight-week-old puppy training

You can train your puppy as soon as it arrives home, especially for housebreaking. Crate training your pup makes potty training your puppy easier because dogs are reluctant to urinate close to where they sleep.

The Basics of Potty Training an Eight-Week-Old Puppy

You may successfully housetrain your puppy by creating a regular schedule for feeding, playing, and bathroom breaks. Dogs can only hold their bladder for a few hours at eight weeks. When they are about 16 weeks old, their bladder regulation is complete.

Immediately following meals, waking up, and playing every two hours, let your puppy out. Pick a spot in the yard where your puppy can go potty. Every time you take them outside to relieve themselves, go to that spot (always keep them on a leash!).

When your puppy is urinating or pooping, say anything like “go potty” or a phrase that. Your dog will eventually learn to associate that phrase with going potty, making it easier for them to remember if they become distracted by a smell or noise.

Praise or reward your puppy when they successfully relieve itself outside. Please ensure that you perform this as back as sure after urinating, not after they have gone inside. Instead of rewarding your dog for coming inside after going outside, do the opposite.

Housetraining will go much quicker if your dog is on a regular feeding schedule. Your dog will be less likely to go potty if you feed them at the exact times every day.

Crate Training an 8-Week-Old Puppy: The Basics

Crate training your puppy is beneficial since it facilitates bathroom training and gives your dog a safe area to go to when they’re stressed or worn out. However, they’ll undoubtedly need some training unless your dog’s former owner used a crate.

Put the crate in an area out of direct sunlight and place it with your dog’s bed or some blankets to make it look more inviting. Give your dog time to investigate the unfamiliar object while opening the crate’s door.

If your puppy sniffs or goes inside the crate, praise them but don’t close the door. So they won’t be shocked, make it simple for them to enter and depart the box.

After introducing it to your puppy, you can start putting toys, treats, and even food inside the crate. Put a thick blanket or towel over the crate’s sides, excluding the door, to give it a more secure feeling.

Once your pup uses the crate, you can begin momentarily shutting the door while you are still in the same room. As you get more comfortable leaving the room with your puppy inside, you can gradually allow them to spend longer time inside the crate. You can start doing this after your dog feels comfortable leaving the house in the box.

An eight-week-old puppy bites

Although biting and mouthing are typical puppy actions, you should discipline them once. You don’t want your friend to continue to think it’s okay to bite as an adult, especially when they are around strangers.

Your pup is more inclined to nip if they’ve previously received praise for it. As a result, you should stop allowing your puppy to nibble on your hands while playing with them.

Make sure your puppy has access to a lot of chew toys. If they start chewing your skin or clothing, try to distract their attention with a toy. Stop all contact with your puppy immediately as they begin to bite rather than yelling at them or shooing them away.

Your dog can view these behaviors as amusing and start biting more vehemently or frequently. Turn away from your puppy when it bites, and tuck your arms and legs.

Get up and walk the area if it doesn’t stop your puppy from biting you. You might need to leave the room for a short time. Your puppy should start to comprehend that grinding results in no attention and causes the play time to end early.

How to Comfort a crying Puppy

Puppies use screams to communicate their discontent, or that something is wrong. To respond to the puppy effectively, you must first identify why it is acting out.

Are they hungry or thirsty? Do they need to use the bathroom? Never disregard your pup’s needs for the latter if they exist.

But it’s essential to remember that if your puppy is crying because they have been left alone, you shouldn’t reward them with attention. If you do this, your pup will teach that crying will get them attention or treats.

Do not check on or interact with your puppy; make sure they are not hurt or in need of the bathroom. When you are confident that your puppy is sure, leave the room. If they begin crying again, give them some space. Even though it might be difficult, you must maintain your resolve and not give in to your puppy’s pain.

Your puppy will ultimately begin the time when crying will no longer get them any attention.

The destructive nature of a puppy

Puppies and destruction often go hand in hand, but one of the easiest ways to stop this kind of behavior is to prevent it in the first place. It would help if you always kept an eye on your pup when they are playing or exploring to ensure they don’t get into trouble.

Nevertheless, there may be times when you will turn for a split back and then return to find your favorite pair of shoes in a sorry state. It is crucial to puppy-proof your home since it will decrease the possibility that your puppy will damage your belongings and valuables.

Make sure your puppy cannot access anything you don’t want chewed on or destroyed, including remote controls, clothing, cushions, and anything else that might be mistaken for a toy.

Don’t let your dog near old socks or shoes. They won’t be able to tell the difference between the new and old ones.

If you see that your puppy is chewing on an inappropriate object, correct them and direct their attention to a chew toy that is sturdy and more appropriate.

Rambunctious puppy behaviors

When they are overstimulated during playtime, confident puppies are more prone to acting out. If your pup becomes excessively aggressive or energetic around you, give them breaks so they may have some time to calm down.

Start using a cue to communicate to your dog that playtime is over. Hold the toys and extend your hands while indicating “over.” With this, your puppy will learn when playtime is ended.

To prevent them from reacting badly to the end of playtime, give your dog a chew toy or a Kong filled with treats. It’s helpful to teach your puppy to drop items when requested.

Stupid puppy conduct

  • Always be on the lookout for your puppy. If you spot them chewing on furniture or dirty in the house, stop them and direct them to a suitable area or toy.
  • Stay with your dog in one room to simplify cleaning and puppy-proofing.
  • Always give your puppy chew toys, and when they use them, encourage them. Take your puppy outside frequently, and when they defecate or pee, immediately provide them with a reward.
  • Avoid playing with your puppy while it is crying after being left alone.
  • Use a toy to distract your dog’s attention if they bite or mouth you and correct them. If they continue to bite, walk the room or turn away.
  • Play and exercise with your puppy every day. An active dog is more likely to act out.

Feeding for an 8-Week-Old

In general, puppies should be fed thrice daily between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks. Every meal should be had consistently at the same time each day.

Depending on breed and size, your puppy will need a different amount of food and drinks. Most commercial puppy diets have a suggested feeding schedule on the package that you can follow.

Check your dog’s weight every few days to see if you need to adjust how much food you are giving them.

Introducing an 8-Week-Old Puppy to the World

Socializing your puppy from a young age is crucial because it teaches them how to act around strangers and other dogs. Introduce your puppy to other people and vaccinate dogs as frequently as possible.

Puppy Kindergarten

In puppy kindergarten or other classes, your young dog can get to know and interact with other puppies. You and your pup may make one or two new acquaintances, allowing you to schedule some canine playdates.

Remember that your puppy must have finished their second round of vaccinations before enrolling in puppy kindergarten.

Introductions of puppies at eight weeks old

While still a young puppy, your house has to be introduced to many things, including cars, grooming, and how to feel comfortable when you are not home.

Being alone

If you start training your dog to be alone from a young age, it will be simpler to prevent them from being anxious or too stressed when you aren’t around.

Start slowly by encouraging your pup to sit quietly in their bed while you’re both in the same room. Reward them for their efforts.

Then, teach them to stay sitting while you walk a short distance away. Give your dog a treat or praise if they remain in the same position.

You can gradually increase the distance between you and your pup before eventually leaving the room and closing the door. You can leave the room for more extended periods if your dog has been accustomed to being alone for an hour.

A car

Because car rides can be stressful for young dogs, it’s imperative to teach them that traveling in a car isn’t as terrible as it seems.

Make sure you have a car crate or car harness to keep your pup safe while you’re on the road. While the car is parked, permit them to sniff the surroundings. Drive them slowly and briefly after they seem at ease, possibly to the end of the road.

Please give them a lot of praise for maintaining their calm while driving. Increase their driving time gradually to make them feel more at home in the car.

An 8-week-old puppy’s grooming

Future problems can be avoided by introducing your puppy to bathing and grooming while they are still young. If they are a long-haired breed, you will need to train them to become accustomed to having their coat combed.

Remove the brush after letting your dog sniff it, then offer them a treat. Repeat this a few times, and then give them a few pats on the back as a reward. Creating a positive relationship with grooming is the aim here.

Nail clippers can also be used for this process. Make sure to keep grooming sessions brief to prevent overexerting your dog. To give your pup enough time to grow used to the person and the setting, you should take them to the groomer as soon as possible.

Being handled, touched, and petted

Others could need some time to get used to being handled and touched. At the same time, some puppies will feel comfortable doing so almost immediately. You must gain your pup’s trust if they are first wary of you.

Start by placing your hand in front of your puppy’s nose. Most dogs will sniff your hand when you do this, so encourage and reward them when yours does.

Repeat this for about a week before moving on to the next step. Once your dog feels comfortable touching and smelling your hand, you can gently pet him underneath the chin. Gradually stroke their back, shoulders, and collar.

While petting your pup, reward them with a treat, then remove your hand. They’ll begin to associate your hands with positive things, like a tasty treat.

Once your pup has grown accustomed to having these areas caressed, you can begin patting them in places they feel comfortable, like paws, tail, or face. If your dog pulls away or tries to nip until they feel more comfortable, you might need to repeat the earlier steps.

An 8-Week-Old Puppy’s Exercise Program

Because it encourages both physical and cerebral stimulation, puppy exercise is essential. Overly spirited dogs are much more likely to misbehave or misbehave.

Puppies don’t need as much exercise as adult dogs, especially those under eight weeks old. Puppies usually need to exercise for 5 minutes once or twice a day, starting at one month of age. Therefore, a 10-minute walk is necessary once or twice a day for an 8-week-old dog.

Before you let your pup out in public, they should have finished their second round of vaccinations. When the park is less crowded or in your garden, let your puppy run free if they haven’t yet had their vaccines. They can now freely roam the area without worrying about contacting unvaccinated dogs.

Vaccinations and veterinary checkups

Your puppy has to complete two rounds of vaccinations to protect against infectious diseases and prevent them from spreading to other dogs. The first vaccination for your pup will usually be given when they are between 8 and 10 weeks old, and the second one will come 2 to 4 weeks later.

Your dog will receive a booster immunization at 6 or 12 months of age and then once a year to maintain protection. Register your puppy as soon as you can with a vet clinic so that you may schedule your dog’s vaccinations.

At the appointed time, your veterinarian will make sure to examine your puppy, check on its health, and answer any worries you may have.

Schedule for an Eight Week Old Puppy

Establishing a routine with your puppy is helpful because it gives them structure and helps them know what to anticipate daily. You can adapt this schedule to meet your daily routine and lifestyle while still using it for your puppy.

  • 7am – Potty break
  • 8am – Exercise and meals.
  • 9am – Use the restroom and sleep.
  • 10am – Activity.
  • 11am – Use the restroom and sleep.
  • 12pm – Activity
  • 1pm – Meal, restroom visits, and physical exercise.
  • 2pm – Activity.
  • 3pm – Use the restroom and sleep.
  • 6pm – Meal, bathroom break, and exercise.
  • 7pm – Sleep.
  • 8pm – Activity from day until the night.
  • 10pm – Time for bed and a bathroom stop.
  • 2am – Potty break