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Ah puppies, they’re adorable bundles of cuteness.

Between their teeny tiny little paws and snuffly little noises, there’s no denying that puppies are the greatest, but I think that we can all agree that they grow up far too fast.

If you’re planning on welcoming your new Pitbull puppy home soon, it’s a good idea to research all of the different stages that you can expect.

0-2 Weeks

When your Pitbull is first born, he’s completely helpless and will rely on you and his Momma to keep him safe.

For the first two weeks of his life your little pooches eyes and ears will be closed, he’ll be toothless and will spend most of his time either sleeping or eating – what a life!

At this age, it’s very important that your pup stays very close to his mother as his body is so busy developing, that energy isn’t available to keep him warm or even for him to relieve himself – he needs his Mothers help to do both of these things.

Your little scamp can’t yet stand or walk at this age, and gets around.

Fun Fact – in the first week, most puppies double in weight!

3 Weeks

At three weeks your puppy experiences an explosion of senses, with his eyes and ears opening up, as well as his sense of taste and smell becoming greatly improved.

Another game-changer at this age is mobility, at approximately three weeks old your pup will begin to try and walk, albeit he’ll fall over a lot in these first clumsy days.

This is the week that pups become harder for the owner of the mother because there’s a lot more work!

4-8 Weeks

From four weeks your puppies personality begins to develop, he starts playing with his littermates and he also starts annoying his Mom with cheeky shenanigans.

It’s at this age that your puppy should start socializing with other animals, preferably ones that will put up with a curious pup!

If you happen to have other animals at home, this is especially important.

Speak with your breeder and let them know which animals your puppy will be living with upon arriving home, and most of the time – they will be happy to begin his training with these animals while he’s still at the ideal learning age but still too young to leave his mother.

Potty training can begin at this age, but as your pup’s bladder is teeny tiny, you’ll need to make sure that you time potty breaks well to avoid accidents!

9-12 Weeks

From nine to twelve weeks is the period that your puppy becomes independent enough to leave his mother and head to his new home, how exciting!

The exact age depends on the puppy in question, but ideally it will around twelve weeks of age.

Leaving him until he’s this old will allow his mother to start training him that playing rough is not OK, and ultimately – this will make it easier for you to train him.

So, when your pup is ten weeks and you’re wanting to just bring him home already, just remember that being patient for a couple of weeks can mean that you end up with a far better-behaved pooch.

From ten weeks your pup may also begin to realize that certain things are scary, and get spooked but fear not – this doesn’t mean that he’s going to be a nervous nelly, or that he won’t make a great guard dog; this is a stage and will pass very quickly with positive reinforcement!

Obedience training can begin at this age and will help to boost your pup’s confidence.

3-5 Months

At this age your puppy will become a little more aloof, and provided that he has had all of his vaccinations, you should strongly consider enrolling him in a puppy training class!

Teething begins at this age and you may notice that Mr Pup becomes destructive by chewing everything that he can get his mouth around, patient and consistent training combines with plentiful chew toys can help to save your home!

If you’re especially worried about your puppy being destructive, while at work you can place him in a puppy specific playpen that will provide him with enough room to play and stretch his legs without giving him the chance to chew the couch to pieces.

6 Months

Growth will be pretty staggering around this age, and this is the time that your puppy begins to look like a bonafide doggie and lose a lot of his puppy cuteness.

But don’t worry, while he may lose his puppy looks, his personality will stay the same, and you can enjoy the ease of having an obedient, friendly, and potty trained pooch!

Having said that, this is usually the age that your puppy tries to assert himself within your pack, so it’s important that you maintain your role of alpha by being consistent in your training, and not waver and let him break the rules.

7-8 Months

At this age, your dog definitely looks like an adult, but don’t be surprised if he still acts like a big goofy pup!

He requires a great deal of exercise at this age, ideally somewhere between two to four hours per day.

Around six to seven months is the ideal age to spay or neuter your dog which not only helps to calm their temperament, but it can also make them less likely to suffer from several health problems – isn’t that handy?!

9-18 Months

The final stage of development, your puppy’s growth will slow down.

His nutritional needs change and because his growth is steadier, the amount of each macronutrient he requires changes.

During this time you’ll want to transition him from puppy food onto junior or adult food, it’s important to do this as keeping him on puppy food can cause him to receive too much fat in his diet which can cause pancreatitis.

Final Thoughts

Raising your puppy to be a nice member of doggie society takes work.

You need to be patient, but in the time and be consistent with your training methods, but if you do this – you’ll end up with an incredible canine companion to share your home, and your life with.

And let’s be honest, every occasion is more fun when there’s a dog involved!

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