Silken Windhound is an intelligent and lovely dog bred to have a winning personality, trainable nature that was easy to groom. These breeds are not made for guard dogs but are more suited for being a family and therapy dog.

Even though they are easy to train, still there is a lot of responsibility while raising them from their puppy phase to adult. Here in this article, you will get a full vision of what a dog goes through while growing up.

Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)

The newborn puppies are weak and totally dependent on their mother for their growth. Their eyes and ears will be closed as they can’t see or hear anything for two weeks. During this phase, they only have smell sense from which they get close to their mother. They also can’t produce heat on their own so depend on their mother and another littermate for warmth. Separated ones are likely to die from hypothermia.

For the first 2 weeks, until they grow teeth, the mother will feed them their milk. The pup also should only eat their mother’s milk as it contains colostrum that improves bone and muscle. In addition, they gain double their birth weight.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

At this age, you will see various changes in your dog including their physical as well as mental. Firstly, you get to see their eyes and ears opening up but remember their vision isn’t clear for now. Then they start to grow a new set of baby teeth, it’s when your dog can now eat solid foods along with mother’s milk.

A pup Silken Windhound.
Image Source: Animal Facts

Slowly, they learn to walk around with their front leg to get towards their mother. After that, the pup will explore their surrounding with their littermates. Likewise, they grow hungrier, as they are in their development phase so, make sure you feed them a properly balanced diet from the start.

Socialization Stage (4-12 Weeks)

From the third week, the pup wants more solid food than milk for growth. They also start to show more personality traits and behavioral changes in this stage. Not only behavioral changes, but they also start to lose their puppy face looking more likely getting a dog face.

With all the growth they go through, socialization is a very important stage for their personality development. In other words, this helps them meet new dogs and people to get familiar with strangers. For instance, you can start with their potty and housebreaking training at first. Remember they won’t learn everything quickly as it takes time for them to master it.

Silken Windhound training with his owner.
Image Source: Elessar Hounds

Meanwhile, you can go with their obedience training with simple commands and tricks. Take them to different places where they interact and with new friends. For example, visit the park, a short walk, shops, and your friend’s house. Always remember patience and motivation is the key to train your dog to their fullest capacity.

Juvenile Stage (3-6 Months)

The juvenile stage is also known as the ranking stage is where your dog looks more like an adult version. You also see their teething and chewing so, keep your valuable safe from them. By this time they must know the basic training so you can move to their advanced training. Moreover, start with their agility training, dog racing, flyball, and so on.

Above all, teach them to respect the family members as to make it part of their training. Also, give equal respect to them and don’t let other family members treat them differently as it can spoil them. In the context of feeding, treat them with high-quality food that meets all their required nutrition.

Adolescence Stage (6-18 Months)

This is the age where your dog completely gains its adult face entering adolescence. They start to lose their baby teeth and grow a new set of adult teeth. Not only that, but Silken Windhound also faces other changes in their behavior so, get a caution and use positive reinforcement and continuous motivation.

Picture of adult Silken Windhound.
Image Source: DogTime

With a lot of changes going around, a 6-month-old, Silken Windhound experiences her first heat at the time. While the male also shows more interest in them. However, it’s not appropriate age for their breeding as their mind are not fully developed for it. Wait until they are above 18 months old for their safety.

Vaccination Chart For Silken Windhound

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)

Vaccination Chart For Silken Windhound.

Vaccination Cost

The cost for the DDHP vaccines for Silken Windhound are between $75-$100 and for rabies it is between $15-$20.

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