0-2 weeks-Neonatal Stage: during this time puppies sleep most of the tie and respond only to warmth, touch and smell. They cannot regulate their body functions as to temperature and elimination and at this stage their strongest bond is with their mother.
2-4 weeks-Transitional Stage: the puppies ears and eyes begin to open, but sight and hearing are limited. Tail begins wagging and puppy begins to control body functions and their siblings become more influenced in their new world.
*By the time the puppies are approximately 5 weeks old, their eyesight and hearing will be well developed, they will be walking and barking. The puppy is learning that he is a dog and is engaging in socialization and playing with it litter-mates.*
3-6 weeks-Socialization Stage: the puppies are learning bite inhibition, interacting with his mother and litter mates. They are learning various canine behaviors and aware of the differences between canine and human societies and learning his identity as a dog.
7-12 weeks and up to 12 weeks: the puppy has the brain wave of an adult dog, during this stage it is best for them to go to their new and forever families. They have the ability to learn simple behavioral responses: sit, stay and come. House breaking begins and the puppy is now learning by association.
*This stage is when a permanent human/dog bond begins and it is with careful consideration to giving gentle discipline because from 8-10 weeks puppies go thru a "fear impactstage" and any traumatic experiences can have an effect during this period. Learning at this stage is permanent.*
12-24 weeks: puppies are chewing on everything in sight as teeth are cutting and at this time the puppy begins testing dominance and leadership. Biting at this stage should be absolutely discouraged and praise for correct behavior will be a most effective tool. This stage is where you should start introducing your puppy to other dogs and this will help them to become more socialized.
6 months-2 years-Adolescence Stage: a puppies life is marked by increased signs of independence and dominance and in the case of "intact" puppies that have not been spayed or neutered, at around the six month mark, the beginnings of sexual behavior will present themselves.
*During the adolescence or juvenile stage of your puppy's life, it will be important to continue with socializing because this is also a time when many puppies will start to show aggression towards other animals, other dogs or even people they don't know. They will go thru a "second fear impact stage" and this fear should be handled with patience and kindness that puts the dog in a position of success, allowing him to work things out while building "self-confidence".*
1-4 years-Maturity Stage: Many breeds' on average develop into full maturity between 1 to 1-1/2 years of age with some reaching maturity at 3 years and giant breeds continually changing well beyond 4 years of age. Smaller breeds reach maturity sooner then larger breeds and this is true for the Miniature Schnauzer and the Biewer Yorkshire Terrier.
*During this stage there is an increase in aggression by a renewed testing for leadership. The dog should be handled firmly, while praising them for proper behaviors and giving "no inroads" to affirm their leadership will reming them that this issue has already been addressed.*
Puppy not Feeling well
So, What if your puppy isn't feeling well? What can you do to help? You can give them pep biysmol, plain unflavored and unsweetened yogurt, rice cereal and clear pedialyte. Nutrical or Karyo syrup should always be on hand for any small breed dog. In case of hypoglycemia you can give your puppy a little gatorade if you have no nutrical or karyo syrup von hand and always contact your veterinarian if your puppy is not feeling well and is sick.
Every dog owner should have a First-Aid-Kit. The following list is of a kit we personally have on hand in-case of an emergency for our dogs and consists of:
activated charcoal: to neutralize the side effects of eating odd things
anti-diarrheal medications, to give in-case of severe diarrhea
benadryl (diphenhydramine): for allergies, insect bites
canned pumpkin: to aid in settling an irritated gut
children's aspirin: dogs do not tolerate Tylenol or any other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs)
corn syrup: to treat low sugars (hypoglycemia) in dogs
first-aid instructions, veterinary and emergency clinic numbers
hydrogen peroxide: for antiseptic properties and it can be used to induce vomiting if required
instant cold compresses
sterile gauze dressings
syringe without a needle: for delivery of liquid medications
syrup of ipecac: used to induce vomiting if needed
Disclaimer: All information on this site is presented soley for informational and educational purposes. It should not, at anytime be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your pet.
CPR for your Dog
Something I truly hope you will never need to use, but knowing how to give your dog CPR could possibly someday save a pet's life.
We do our own in-house Grooming!
*We do in-house grooming and offer this service for puppy's adopted thru us for a discounted service fee*
Biewer Yorkshire Terriers are quite particular about choosing a mate.
Miniature Schnauzers are true family members.
Chosen mates often dislike each other and require a "getting to know you period."
Yorkshire terriers became registered in "1885" and the Miniature Schnauzers as early as "1899".
Miniature Schnauzers have a keen sense of hearing.
A pairing at SMM is typically called a wedding!
The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds.