Key Life Stages of a Dog

Key Life Stages

Caring for your dog through every life stage

Dog Key Life Stages: Puppies

Puppy Separation Anxiety

Dogs are social and crave company by nature – that’s why they bond so well with us. However, if they’re not taught how to deal with being alone, this can lead to separation related problems, commonly known as separation anxiety. Keep reading to discover the common symptoms of puppy separation anxiety, and find out how you can help them overcome it with our useful guide.
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Top Tips for Socialising Your Puppy

There are only certain times during the development of your puppy’s brain when you can help them become a friendly and outgoing companion. This is how to support them during their first encounters with adults, kids, dogs and anything else life throws at them.
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How to Exercise Your Puppy

Healthy and happy puppies need their fair share of exercise. This is how to use play and walking effectively without going overboard.
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Sports and Activities to Try with Your Puppy

Sports and activities can be a great way to strengthen your bond with your puppy, whilst also building fitness for both you and your dog! Find out what dog games and sports you can try in this article.
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Brain Games and Puzzles to Play with Your Puppy

Exercising isn't just about daily walks, it's about stimulating your puppy's brain as well. Keep reading to find out what games you can play with your puppy to improve their concentration and engage their brain.
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Puppy Adolescence

When your puppy reaches 6 months of age they'll turn into a teenager! This can be a challenging time for pet owners, which is why here at Purina, we've created this handy guide to help you through it.
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Equipment for Your Teenage Puppy

When your little puppy grows up their requirements change, which means that you need to think about what kind of equipment your dog needs as they become a teenager! Read our guide for our top tips and advice to make the teenage years a breeze.
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How to Start Scent Training for Puppies

Your dog's sense of smell is one of their most powerful senses, so it only makes sense to start nose training when they're puppies! Learn more about how to scent train your dog with our helpful guide and advice.
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3 Advanced Puppy Training Tactics

Now that your puppy's become a teenager you can start to work toward some more serious training. Read our article for our advanced puppy training top tips!
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How to Stop Puppy Biting, Mouthing and Jumping up

If you have a new puppy, it’s common to have questions about how to stop puppy play-biting, mouthing and jumping up. Find out more with Purina.
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Puppy Sleeping Arrangements

When you get a new puppy figuring out their sleeping arrangements can be difficult. Find out what the best options for puppy beds are and if you really should let them sleep in your bed with you. 

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Teaching Your Puppy Good Manners

Puppies are naturally curious and love mischievous play with their littermates. With so much to learn in their first weeks and months it’s not surprising that they will need a little guidance.
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How to Train your Puppy?

In all the excitement of bringing your new puppy home, it’s important to remember to start their training right away. The sooner you introduce good habits, the better it will be for both of you as your puppy beings to understand basic commands and gets to grips with your house rules.
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Finding Your Perfect Puppy

It’s wonderful that you’re bringing a puppy into your happy, loving home! Once you’ve chosen your perfect breed, the next step is to find a responsible rescue centre or breeder where you can find a puppy to add to your family.
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Feeding Your Puppy

Your puppy seems small now, but they have a lot of growing up to do in a short space of time! In just 12 months (up to 24 months for larger breeds) they'll become fully-fledged adults.
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The Benefits of a Puppy Playpen

New puppies are full of mischievous energy, and their endless curiosity means they get their little noses into everything. That’s how they learn but it’s also how they get into trouble!
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