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Find out more about your dogs
Your puppy's first 12 weeks is called the Developmental Period. This is when they learn about their environment, develop their own personality and what it means to be a dog.
Possibly the most important weeks in a dog's life are the first five weeks, when the experiences your puppy has will form the basis of the dog they grow up to be.
However, if a puppy is taken from their mother and litter mates too early they may:
Puppies get some protection against diseases from their mother, but this is only short-term. Vaccination will help your puppy develop his or her own immunity to disease.
The core diseases (diseases against which all dogs should be vaccinated due to being severe and life-threatening around the world) are:
Puppies usually have two to three vaccinations in the first 3-4 months of life, starting at around 6 -8 weeks of age. They then require boosters (yearly or every few years) to keep their immunity up for the remainder of their lives.