Your Dog’s Big First Year Milestones

Your Dog’s Big First Year Milestones

Welcoming a puppy into your home for the first time as part of the family is one of life’s most joy-filled occasions. Some might say even the chewed shoes, puppy nail scratches, and surprise puddles on the floor are all worth it!

So, what should you expect in those first few months of puppy parenthood?

Below, we take a look at your puppy’s key milestones during their first year in your care.

First-Year Puppy Milestones

Their First Training Session

It’s best to start training your pup early. When they’re around 8 to 10 weeks old, start teaching them commands such as “sit” and “come.” Remember: Using small training treats is essential to helping these commands stick.


At around 12 to 16 weeks old, your pup will be able to control their bowel and bladder enough to “hold it” when they need to eliminate. This is when it’s optimal to take them out of their cage (if they’ve been in one) and begin housetraining.

The Loss of Their Baby Teeth (Teething)

Is your pup chewing on everything in sight? They’re teething and should be losing their baby teeth for adult teeth at the same time. This can be a traumatic time for pup parents, but providing lots of chew toys, keeping your precious possessions out of reach, and using a leash to prevent nipping will all help.

Their First Interaction with Other Pets

Even if you have other pets at home, it’s important for your puppy to go out into the world and interact with other animals as well. Bringing them on walks or to the local dog park can help. Here, they can begin to socialize, and of course it’ll be up to you to teach them the proper social skills.


New Puppy in the House? Book Their First Vet Appointment at Sunset Veterinary Clinic

Of course, another “first” of puppyhood is their exciting first trip to the vet (all those smells!).

At this appointment (which incidentally should be scheduled as soon as possible after your puppy is in your care — or, at around 6 to 10 weeks), your puppy will undergo a full physical examination. This will help the vet ensure that their body, coat, skin, ears, eyes, mouth, and nose are all in good condition and that they have the proper vaccinations. You can schedule your puppy’s first vet visit at Sunset Veterinary Clinic today by giving us a call at (405) 844-2888. We hope to see you soon!

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