Puppy Milestones  (0-8 Weeks)


Watching puppies develop is a remarkable experience.  It is truly amazing how fast they grow!  They change from day to day.  I have listed the milestones that occur in the first 8 weeks of life.   


  • Shivering Reflex (6-8 days old)

  • The eyes open and can see (10-15 days old)

  • The ears open and can hear (13-17 days old)

  • Barking (14-20 days old)

  • Early play movement (15-21 days old)

  • Stand upright (steadily) (18-21 days old)

  • Urinate & Defecate without stimulation from the mother (15-21 days old)

  • Balance for passing urine and bowel movement (18-26 days old)

  • Deciduous Teeth (24-27 days old)

  • Body twitching in sleep (0-28 days old)

  • Eating from a dish, weaning (25-28 days old)

  • Play with other pups (28 days old)

  • Muscle Tone (28 days old)

  • Walk and Run (14-28 days old)

  • Sight as equal to an adult – can focus (35 days old)

  • Hearing Acute (35 days old)

  • Plays with Toys (40 days old)

  • Plays constructively with litter (40-48 days old)

  • Learning mouth and paw skills, body control (40-48 days old)

  • Voluntary control of urinary and defecation – toilet training can commence from 3 weeks, but control from 10-12 

      weeks old, perfected at 4-6 months.

We appreciate your interest in our Labrador Retrievers. Please feel free to contact us for more information on our current and upcoming litters.
Plum Creek Retrievers

Andrew and Taunya Schlueter

2628 Bluff Road

Seward, NE 68434
Tel: 402-643-5301


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