What to Expect in Your Whelps First 6 Months

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

When a whelp 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 whelps 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 whelp will still be sleeping a lot during the day.  At 12 weeks, your whelp will start losing his baby teeth.  Keep clean water available to your whelp and adult dogs at all times.
Your PartTake your whelp 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 whelp obeys a command, give an immediate reward.  Introduce your whelp to variety of people, situations, and places.  Enroll in a 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 food - 4 meals a day or free choice.  


12-16 WEEKS

Whelps 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 whelp.  Give or take a few weeks, or months.  In this period your whelp will go through the transitioning 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 whelp, 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/free choice until 6 months of age. 
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, however, please note that the actual age of 4/5 years of age, they will be filled out with all the hair he/she will have, they will have reached their adult weight and their adult color of their coat.

Love and enjoy your new addition to your family!