This is the chronological growth for wolfs and dogs plus my experience with Pandora which is valid for most dogs (depending on the final height):
Pandora when she is grown up:
Female: at least 60 cm tall, 25 kg. in weight, mature as 2 years old, in heat 1 a year.
0-3 days old:
Dominating phase, these days are the most important days in a dogs life. If a puppy doesn’t meet people these three days it’s getting harder to socialize. If you sleep and feed the puppy these first three days it’ll grow up and think it is human. (According to a wolf specialist in Scandinavian Animal Park).
3 days to 3 months old:
Socializing phase. Here the dog learns to be with other animals such as cats, humans and other dogs. In the weeks 10-11 is the weeks where they explore the world. They become more frightened and this is the time to show the puppy safety and security so thy can get costumed to for instance water, gun shots, fireworks and so on.
Test has shown that if a puppy is touched and stimulated on its paws in this period, it might become more intelligent.
2.5 Months Old. Height: 36 cm. Weight: 6.6 kg.
3 MO. H: 38 cm. W: 8.5 kg
3.5 MO. H: 43 cm. W: 11 kg
Can sit and shake paw on command, walks nice in a leach
4 MO. H: 50 cm. W: 15.2 kg
Beginning to loose teeth
4.5 MO. H: 52 cm. Wt: 19 kg
5 MO. H: 56 cm. W: 19.5 kg
All teeth changed
5.5 MO. H: 58 cm. W: 21 kg
Is beginning to come when called, still not stable.
Still not totally toilet trained.
3. November: Pandoras birthday – 6 months old.
H: 59 cm. W: 23,5 kg.
Not growing so fast anymore.
The puppy begins to explore the world as the wolf would do preparing itself to learn how to fight and know what is dangerous and not. The puppy is becoming more curious but also more fearful. This is the first attempt to break the bonds to the parents.
Pandora is getting more fearful. Weird sounds, things she has not seen before like a mysterious shaped stone or a plastic bag can scare her. If I correct her, she is also reacting a little stronger than before. Tail between the legs, ducking the head, running away. I need to be well-considered when I correct her. And very careful not to frighten her as we practise stuff.
9. nov 2009: 60 cm, 24 kg. She has reached her minimum height.
Is now able to understand at least 10 different commands.
8 month old
4. january 2010: 63 cm, 29 kg. Over minimum height and adding weight more than height.
This is the last month to try new socialising things, like train rides, bus rides and so on!
You now meet the teenager. Young, fresh, strong. Lots of energy, mood swings, stuff like that.
Heat might be around the corner for the female dog.
Pandora: 10 months, 63 cm. 30,2 kg.
Her fear from earlier is gone. She now no longer shows any fear of anything.
(Well that’s not true. These days she is afraid of her harness!)
These days she needs a lot of occupation and entertainment. If we don’t exercise before we go to bed, she’ll wake up in the middle of the night and start playing with her toys.She is 10 month old and sha haven’t yet been in heat.
But she had moody ups and downs 3-4 weeks ago.
This is the time where the grown up wolf would leave the parents, so this could again be a problematic time for you as a dog owner. The dog will try to ‘stand on its own four feet’ and may react infantile or puppy-like. There is NO such thing in a dog as an aggression phase the way we call it with children. The dog is just trying to learn to survive as an individual.
All the time you should support your dog, showing it that the world is safe, and never punish it for it’s new and strange reactions. This is YOUR duty. This is why YOU got a dog in the first place!
Now the dog has reached its sexual maturity.
24 month/2 years – In heat
Pandora came in heat for the first time.
This seamed to mature her somewhat. She is now more selfconfident, calm an’faithful’.