What to Expect in Your Puppy's First 6 Months

Congratulations you are now the owner of a wonderful new companion!

When a puppy becomes a new member of your family, it's good to know what to expect in the months ahead. That way, you can be fully prepared to provide his nutritional, socialization, and health care needs. Below is just a sample of what to expect and what you can do during the time period for 8 weeks until 6 months.

8-12 WEEKS

Your Pup’s coordination and bladder control are improving, but his attention span is still short.  Three weeks through 12 weeks is his most critical socialization period, greatly influencing how he will interact as an adult.  At this stage your pup will still be sleeping a lot during the day.  At 12 weeks, your pup will start losing his puppy teeth.  Keep clean water available to your pup and adult dogs at all times.
Your PartTake your puppy outside often to avoid accidents.  Protect his developing immune system by staying current on vaccinations, deworming, heartworm preventives, and flea and tick control.  
Please see our Health and Drug page for more information.

Start basic training: Get him used to a harness, to leash walking, and to coming when you call him.  When your puppy obeys a command, give an immediate reward.  Introduce your pup to variety of people, situations, and places.  Enroll in a puppy class, if you can.  Let him sleep when he's tired.  Begin grooming, brush his teeth and his coat, handle his mouth and paws, and trim nails.  Feed a quality puppy food - 4 meals a day.  We feed Taste of The Wild Pacific Blend which is available at most feed stores.


12-16 WEEKS

Pups explore everything at this stage.
Your Part: Continue basic training; offer rewards and praise for a good job.  Give plenty of toys for chewing, play with him, and offer lots of exercise.  Cut feeding to 3 meals per day. We do not give Rawhide chews to any dogs as they are known to cause intestinal blockages and can cause death.  All natural chews are always the best.


This stage will be the most physical growth for your pup.  Give or take a few weeks, or months.  In this period your puppy will be go through the ugly teenage stage.  They will become very gangly looking.  But we guarantee he will grow up to look like a beautiful Mini/Toy Australian Shepherd.
Your Part: Keep socializing your pup, but be gentle with him if he's reluctant or shy.  If you are using a collar make sure you check it often as he grows to make sure it's not too tight.  Continue feeding 3 meals a day until 6 months of age.  At your puppy exam, ask your veterinarian about spaying/neutering.
Your time and attention in these critical months will pay off when he becomes a well-behaved, well-adjusted adult.

About age 2 your puppy will be considered full grown, filled out all the hair he/she will have.

Love and enjoy your new best friend!