The puppies are 3 1/2 weeks old and are changing and developing personalities. Their eyes and ears are fully open and love playing outside and exploring. They are so much fun!
“By three weeks of age, puppy development advances from the neonatal period to the transitional period. This is a time of rapid physical and sensory development, during which the puppies go from total dependence on the dam to a bit of independence on their own.
Around three weeks of age is the perfect time to expose the pups to the outdoors. Weather and temperatures permitting, take them outside for a short period of time once a day with the dam. Place a blanket in an area that allows for both full sun exposure and shade. They will usually wander off the blanket and onto the grass to explore. If they don’t, pick them up, put them on the grass, and watch their reactions. Puppies usually only hesitate for a couple of seconds before starting to explore. Every now and again one will sit and cry and, not liking the feel of the grass, will turn around and totter back to the blanket. However, each day the puppies will grow more interested in exploring off the blanket.” Dr. Jeannie Thomason – Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Puppies The Way Nature Intended Chapter 12