The Chinook is a medium-sized dog breed bred as a sled and working dog. It is a people-oriented dog that does well in a family with kids and other pets. The Chinook can give birth to 4-6 puppies at a time. Knowing the puppy’s development and behavior in different months is important while raising them so that you raise them right.

In this article about the puppies development process, you will learn about the Chinook puppies behavior and developmental stages in different months up to a year.


A newly born Chinook puppy is completely deaf, blind, and toothless. They are very vulnerable at this stage where they can’t even generate heat by their own. The mother keeps them warm and cozy and if they are separated from the mother for too long, the puppies might die of hypothermia.

The newborn puppies cannot walk so they crawl towards their mother with the help of the milk’s smell. By crawling and scooting, the Chinook puppies are developing and making muscles strong. The puppies should only be fed milk at this time which the mother will do naturally. Check every 2,3 hours to make sure the puppies are getting milk and are warm.

Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)

The first two weeks after the birth is the neonatal stage. Although the sense of smell and touch is present on the puppy when they are born, they are not able to see, hear, defecate on their own, and keep themselves warm without the help of their mother. The mother dog will lick the belly of her pups and it stimulates them to defecate.

During the first two weeks of the Chinook puppy, they need around 90% of sleep for proper development of the body and mind. They wake up only for food and sleep again for about 2 weeks of their birth.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

The transitional stage is an important and interesting stage for the Chinook puppies as they are able to see and hear for the first time since their birth. At about 10 days, the puppy eyes begin to open and they are able to see but not clearly. In 14-16 days, the puppy hears the voice of its mother and other littermates for the first time.

Chinook Puppy sitting in a garden
Chinook Puppy sitting in a garden.
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By 4 weeks, the puppies start to do their wabbly walk. The baby teeth start growing, they start barking with their sharp baby voice and wag their tail running here and there. The Chinook puppies form their own vocabulary to communicate with their littermates.

Socialization Stage (4-12 weeks)

This is the stage where the Chinook puppies learn how to interact with their mother and other littermates. While playing, they nip and bite each other but not in a hurtful way. The puppies also learn to distinguish between humans and canines. Before taking the pup out for socialization, it is important that he knows and interacts with the family members first.

Slowly expose the Chinook puppy to the outside world of humans and canines in about 7-12 weeks. Introduce them to new people and other dogs gently. It is also the time for the basic training of your puppy, so establish a firm leadership and train them with positive reinforcement.

Chinook Puppy playing with a blanket
Chinook Puppy playing with a blanket.
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Juvenile Stage (3-6 months)

At this period, the Chinook puppies have developed a face that looks more like an adult dog. They are highly energetic, so try to keep them calm because they might overdo the exercise. At this time, the puppy will develop fearfulness which lasts for a month. It is normal so do not panic if they are scared out of nowhere.

Take your dog out often at this time to socialize them with more people and other dogs. They are stubborn and rebellious during this age, so be patient and continue their training.

Adolescent Stage (6-12 months)

As the Chinook puppies reach adulthood, they are still a handful to handle because they have just hit puberty. They are highly active and the tolerance for boredom is very low. So, it is important to involve them in high activities like running, hiking since the Chinook is an athletic dog breed.

The female Chinook will experience her first heat during the 6 months of age while the male starts showing interest in females. Although they are sexually matured at 6-8 months, breeding at such a young age is not at all recommended. Wait till they are 18 months old. as it is the right time for breeding the female dog.

Vaccination Chart for Chinook Dog

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parinfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)
Vaccination Chart For Chinook Dog.

Vaccination cost for Chinook Dog

The cost of vaccination for DHPP is between $75-$100 according to American Kennel Club. For rabies, it usually cost between $15-$20.

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