Your 12 week old puppy
Your puppy will be growing rapidly and getting to grips to the world around them.
Things to do this week:
It’s time for school! If your puppy has had all their vaccinations, they’re ready to start school.
Your puppy will be losing their baby teeth to make room for their adult teeth. Make sure they have plenty of teething chews to prevent your puppy from gnawing away on your favourite shoes!
Meeting other dogs
Once your puppy has been fully vaccinated, they will be ready to leave the safety of the garden and meet other dogs. It’s a good idea to find someone who has a well-behaved dog and arrange a play date to help your puppy to get used to being around another dog, before you introduce them to the park.
Common questions you may ask this week
Can a 12 week old puppy sleep through the night?
Some puppies will be sleeping through the night by now – but others may still wake in the night to pee. The sleepless nights may feel as though they will never end but they will. Stick to a good toilet training routine and your efforts will soon pay off.
How long can you leave a 12 week old puppy?
At 12 weeks, your puppy will feel anxious if they are left alone for long. As part of your puppy’s training, you will need to teach them to be left alone. Gradually build up the time you spend away from them so they get used to the idea that you will come back.
Puppies are social animals and prefer company rather than being on their own, so if you will need to regularly leave your dog during the day, for example, while you are at work, then your dog is likely to be much happier going to doggy day care, a dog sitter or dog walker.
My 12 week old puppy keeps biting
Puppies can often bite as part of the teething phase but it may also be their way of exploring the world – puppies use their mouths rather than their hands to find their way about. You can help your puppy to learn to be gentle and not nip or bite.