Raising A Puppy From 1 to 3 Years of Age
Raising a puppy from birth? Here are some things you need to know about a puppy’s first few years and how you can help raise it better.
Physically, when a dog is in its prime, it will continue to develop heavier bones, a deeper chest, a fuller coat, as well as greater strength and endurance. This is why the first few years, just like that of a child’s, is very important in the way that we nurture our furry friends.
Large breeds of dogs attain their full physical maturity and definitive proportions between the ages of 18 months and 2 years, while smaller breeds reach their maturity a little sooner.
When it comes to food, an adult dog no longer needs a body-building diet, but more of a maintenance one that is adjusted to his daily energy requirements. Too much or too rich a diet will lead to obesity and perhaps more serious health problems. This is why we have different kibbles packaged for puppies and adult dogs.
On top of good nutrition, a puppy needs training for work, sport, or merely for fun and to exercise its intelligence, lots of mental and physical activity, mutual loyalty and devotion from a loving owner. Start training your puppy early so that they grow up to become stronger and form a more positive bond with you that will last you a lifetime.
Psychologically, a dog is unconditionally devoted to its owner and may become jealous and possessive. He may even begin to resemble you in some ways. Its intelligence and receptivity are at their peak, and it vastly enjoys collaborating with you in work and play, as well as acquiring new skills. He knows and understands you and your habits as well as you know and understand him. These should be the most harmonious and rewarding years of your life together, so use them well when raising your puppy.