y eight weeks of age, the pup is ready to venture away from the nest and explore the world. The puppy is capable of learning as much as it ever will be able to during its life. Puppies at this stage are like living sponges - they learn from everything going on around them, developing good and bad habits which will last a lifetime. More than any other stage, the experiences a pup has during this period can affect how it will cope with the world as an adult dog.

This period in the puppy's life becomes extremely important to a pup's development and is referred to as an optimum time for socialisation. This means that the

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Teagan's Puppies | The Beginning | Sleeping and Eating    First Week | Open Your Eyes!   Second Week | Out of the Box!       Third Week | Part of the Pack     Fourth Week | Playtime!                Fifth Week | The Big Wide World                 Sixth Week | Exploring            Seventh Week | Bags Packed!                 Eighth Week