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Critical Periods in Puppy Development

Neonatal Period (0-12 Days)


Trainer Stoney Dennis explains the critical neonatal period in puppies. The puppy depicted in the video is 5 days old. As a breeder, track their progress but mostly, let dog mom do her job.


There is little to do at this stage in a puppies life, be sure to keep an eye on them as far as nursing effort and that they are plump and growing... Your canine mother knows the best care for these little guys.


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Read Critical Stages Of Puppy Development for a more thorough breakdown of a Puppy's development, birth through young adulthood. EST 1998 © 1912



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