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Stages of Development of your Pup

The first six weeks

For the first two weeks of a puppy's life, he is essentially blind and deaf and seeks the nourishment and warmth he needs from his mother. At about three weeks of age, he will begin wagging his tail, playing with his littermates and noticing people around him. Your puppy will acquire almost all of his adult sensory, motor and learning abilities from his third week until his twelfth or fourteenth week.

Six to twelve weeks

Dogs are pack animals. They look for one leader in their pack and are very loyal to serving and protecting their pack. Since dogs usually determine who their leader will be at six to eight weeks - this is the ideal time to bring home your puppy.

  • Although bringing your puppy home can be a fun, exciting, wonderful time for you and your family, it can be stressful for your puppy. Here are some suggestions that can ease the transition for your dog.
  • Decide on a name and consistently call your puppy by that name.
  • Plan your puppy's homecoming at the start of a weekend or some other time that you will be able to stay with it for a day or two to help orient your puppy to its new environment.
  • Never disturb a sleeping puppy. There will be plenty of time to play when it wakes - well rested and eager for your attention.
  • Keep your puppy in your sight at all times. It is important to establish your household rules quickly by guiding your puppy to the correct behavior.

Three to six months

Your little puppy is starting to feel pretty comfortable with his new family and he's busy trying to figure out where he fits. He's constantly exploring and testing his environment - and you!

Now is the time you need to reinforce your status as the leader - teaching your puppy the rules of your family. It is a good time to enroll your puppy in a puppy class which teaches him how to socialize with other dogs, and helps curb negative behavior before it becomes a problem. Your veterinarian, breeder or neighbors and friends will be able to provide puppy class referrals for classes in your area.

Six months to one year

While different breeds of dogs mature at different rates, all puppies hit adolescence sooner or later. For smaller breeds adolescence can start as early as six months, larger breeds may not enter this phase until nine or ten months of age. This is a period of behavioral adjustment - much like the teenage years are for people - and it can be difficult for both puppies and owners.

Male puppies may begin "marking their territory" by lifting their leg to urinate on almost anything. Puppies may also exhibit independent streaks, attempt to mount during play, and body slam themselves into other animals or people in an attempt to show others who they think is the boss. The good news is that you will probably be advised by your veterinarian to spay or neuter your puppy prior to this time. Spaying or neutering will help tone down you puppy's antics.

The second year

Many dogs act like puppies for most of their adult lives. Even as they continue to age and mature, their energy and affection stay high. Once a puppy is physically mature, inside and out, he is considered an adult. The amount of time it will take your puppy to reach adulthood will vary, depending on his breed. Many larger breeds take up to two years to reach adulthood. Consult your vet to find out when your puppy is "officially" an adult.

Once your puppy has proven he's ready, you can begin expanding his privileges - letting him roam your house at free will. But remember, even the best mannered puppy may get into mischief if he's lonely or bored. Even as your puppy enjoys more freedom, keep in mind he still needs his own space. Make sure your puppy continues to have access to its crate when it needs a retreat, even into adulthood.

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True to its name, Stray Dog Denim is dedicated to animal rescue. They help to promote adoptions through social media, and look forward to more partnerships with animal welfare groups. "We want to ensure that even the scruffiest of dogs find their soul-mate. Sometimes all it takes is a little love and kindness to bring out the true personality of a shelter dog," says Rovin, who has trained two rescue dogs for therapy work in nursing homes. The company plans to encourage others down this path with "canine good citizen" training resources.

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Meet Amma, the 65-year-old ragpicker from Delhi who takes care of 400 stray dogs

She lives in a shack in Saket in southern Delhi and earns about Rs 200 (around 3.25 USD) a day, almost all of which she spends on the neighbourhood dogs. This is the story of Pratima Devi, a 65-year-old ragpicker who takes care of almost 400 dogs every day.

A saviour for stray dogs

After moving to Delhi about 30 years ago, Pratima initially started working as a cook for a few households in the city. After a few years, she started a cigarette shop at the PVR Anupam Complex in Saket, when she started to look after the dogs in the neighbourhood. When her shop was broken down by the police and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), she started working as a scavenger, collecting waste from nearby shops and offices and selling it, after segregation, for a meagre amount of money.

The number of dogs that she started caring for grew in no time, and one day she found herself feeding and caring for almost 400 dogs on a daily basis.

Married at a young age, Pratima ran away from Nandigram, her village in West Bengal, to make a life for herself in New Delhi. Coming from a dysfunctional home and having suffered marital abuse, Pratima finds the company of dogs much more endearing and comforting than the company of fellow human beings. Taking care of our furry friends isn’t new to her — even back in her village, she had a few stray dogs that she would feed and take care of regularly. All these dogs have become her family.

Pratima takes care of the dogs’ every need. She feeds them twice a day, gives them milk in the evening. and takes care of all their medical expenditure including vaccinations and treatments. Pratima takes the dogs to Friendicoes, an animal welfare organisation, during emergencies. Pratima has been receiving undying support from this institution. She visits them quite often in case of accidents, illness, or health-related issues of the dogs. Friendicoes even helps Pratima get the dogs neutered and vaccinated.

An inspiration for many

The story of Amma, the stray dog saviour, has reached far and wide. A lot of dog lovers visit her and offer her help. Amma allows the people who visit her to adopt puppies, and in this manner, several disabled canines have also found good homes.

Inspired by Pratima’s noble and selfless deeds, Sudeshna Guha Roy, an independent filmmaker, decided to make a documentary on her. Sudeshna, talking about how she met Pratima, says, “My team and I had enrolled for a social film-making competition and we were looking for subjects for the film when my mother told me about Pratima Devi.

Inspired by her work and moved by the desire to help Amma and her children, Sudeshna has been running a crowdfunding campaign to help Pratima improve her condition. “Pratima has been working hard day and night, with every penny going in to take care of these stray dogs. She receives a new puppy almost every week. The number of her 'children' is ever increasing, so is her expenditure,” says Sudeshna.

Pratima doesn’t have the money to buy her own medicines or fix her broken-down roof, and yet she does everything possible to take care of these dogs with all she can, while she can.

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