3-5 weeks old
This age marks the socialization period. If done right, this starts the breeder's most hands on/busy period until pups leave for their new homes.
Pups are starting weaning, litterbox training, noise exposure, toys, handling, grooming, quiet time, exposure, recalls, challenges, and learning about treat rewards in training.
5-6 weeks old
Things start moving at a fast pace with this age. Pups are starting to meet outside visitors. First of the fear periods may start.
Pups are exposed to new items daily. Healthy pups will run toward new items, willing to interact. Pups are introduced to cot beds, balance toys, crates, exercise pens, tippy boards, tunnels, and a wide range of challenges to help them expand their world.
Pups make an effort to use the litter box. we start making the area of "mistakes" smaller to encourage use of the "box".
Pups love to take treats from hand.
Pups rush to see people and to be the first one out.
We start recalling pups to command.
Mom starts her weaning of the pups. We start to feed pups on a schedule and reduce mom's nursing.
7-8 weeks old
Pups are learning at a high rate of speed at this age.
Pups can work for treats and learn how to bait. Puzzles and other toys that dispense treats are great at this age. Puppy tracking to find food/treats at this age are a fun game.
Puppies meet new people everyday. Pups should run to the side of their pen when people arrive to greet them.
Puppies should begin to be outside for short periods if not already introduced. After 15 minutes of a meal and upon awakening for house breaking.
Puppy should start table work, grooming, and touches.
Things a breeder works on during this age:
down, puppy recall, exchanges, puppy being interrupted, crate training, car rides, manding, and resource guarding.