Developmental Milestones in the Puppy

Your dog just delivered a litter of cute pudgy puppies. They seem so helpless – being unable to see and hear. Soon you will see many changes as they begin to grow. Here is a quick overview of the developmental milestones in your puppy’s life.



Puppies are unable to voluntarily eliminate urine and feces, and their mother must lick the genital area, stimulating elimination. By 23 days of age, the pups are able to eliminate without help.


Puppies start out life squirming and ‘swimming’ across the floor. By 16 days of age, pups begin the rudimentary first steps of walking.


By the time a puppy is 4 to 6 weeks of age, he can start eating solid food and can be safely weaned around 8 weeks of age.


Your pups are growing quickly. Be aware that by the time most puppies are 6 to 8 months of age, puberty has set in and unplanned pregnancies are possible, so be ready to take precautions or consider spaying or neutering.