Mudi puppyhood is not something that lasts just a few weeks. Puppies do not become adults until they become 1 or 2  years of age. Mudi puppy development involves a lot of stages and milestones as puppies grow into adulthood.

Whether you have adopted a puppy and wondering when it will calm down and stop chewing on everything or you are simply curious about what puppies go through to become full-fledged dogs, this puppy timeline has the answers you are looking for.

Newborn Stage

The newborn Mudi puppies cannot open their eyes and also cannot hear while they are born. They can not even regulate their body temperature themselves and thus take the help of their mother and littermates to become warm.

Mudi puppies at newborn stage sleep a lot. After the first week of birth, the puppy grows rapidly and almost increase the birth weight by double.

Neonatal Stage: Birth To 2 Weeks Old

The Mudi puppies are fully dependent on their mother since this stage is fully development period. During this stage, they could move around with the help of their front legs. Their eyes will start opening between 10-14 days. However, they will not have a clear vision until they are three weeks old.

Transitional Stage: 2 To 4 Weeks Old

During this stage, Mudi puppies are able to see everything clearly, they are able to stand and walk, and their sense of smell and hearing start to develop. Teeth start coming in and they will even start to bark and growl. Towards the end of this week, they are able to recognize the taste of their puppy food.

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Three weeks old Mudi puppies. Image Source: Instagram @198anni.

Socialization Stage: 4 To 12 Weeks

This is the stage where it is important to introduce your Mudi puppy to other people and dogs. By the 5th week, puppies are aware of their surroundings and start enjoying playtime with humans. Good experiences with people from 5 to 7 week will play a large role in how they continue to behave.

4 to 16 weeks Mudi puppies.

From 8 to 10 weeks, your Mudi puppy will go through a normal fear period that can be helped with positive training. You can start formal training at the age of nine to twelve weeks old.

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Juvenile Stage: 3 To 6 Months Old

Mudi Dogs at this point are most influenced by their playmates, like a human child. During this stage, your Mudi puppy will begin to understand and use ranking interms of submission and dominance. This period is also called elementary school age.

Teething and related chewing happen around this time and when the Mudi puppy is about four months old, it will go into another fear stage and should be loved and shouldn’t be left alone. They should be taught to respect their owners as well as taught to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

Adolescence: 6 Months To 1 Year

Your Mudi puppy now understands that it has a pack that may be both humans and dogs and behavior will be most influenced by its group. You can now expect your dog to cope with you more as it explores dominance and its role in the pack.

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One year old Mudi puppy. Image Source: europuppy

Mudi dogs which are not neutered will now start exhibiting sexual behavior during this period and a second chewing stage will likely begin somewhere between 7 to 9 months.

By knowing what to expect and which times, now you can better prepare yourself to deal with various behaviors, so you handle them in a way that is both positive and encourage the kind of behavior you wish.

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