When do the activities of our dogs start ?


Puppies begin to become active in the brood, with their mum and siblings. Born blind and deaf, puppies are already able from birth to taste, to feel with their nose and to feel by touching. The breeder (whether a professional or the person from whom the litter was born) can have some stuffed toys of different materials. The 3 senses already operational, are then solicited.

The sight and the hearing are acquired between the 11th and the 13th day. Two days after the acquisition of sight and hearing, the breeder can dispose an object near the puppies. They begin to discover the world step by step (only one novelty at a time: a human, a pipe, a cardboard, a bag, a toy, a cushion, a sound, …). Doing too much could stress the brood: too many noises, people, objects, manipulations, …

Between 2 weeks and 2 weeks and a half, puppies can crawl and look out of their burrow for a few moments before their mom would get them back inside.

From 3 to 4 weeks, we can let them explore gradually and smoothly. They discover a new world filled with stimuli. Just let the puppies make choices, without forcing or constraining them. They will gradually become independent and learn to be curious.

Learning is more effective if our dogs (just like humans) learn things by themselves. Of course you have to watch over the brood, to ensure the safety of each member, but it is important to let the puppies discover and test their environment on their own.

The ideal age to leave the brood is between 9 and 12 weeks. It is up to the new adopter to take over. In order for our new recruit to feel safe, he will need:

    • water, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (no restriction),
    • food (at least 3 meals, but if possible, 4 or 5 meals a day),
    • to go outside regularly,
    • to sleep (± 20 h / 24)[1],
    • to not be alone [2].

chiots berger allemand et labrador dorment ensemble

Puppies feel safe when they sleep with companions

Découverte des voitures passant devant le jardin berger allemand

Discovery of cars which go in front of the garden

Let us prepare the house for his arrival: the different places to eat, drink, relieve himself, sleep. When the puppy arrives at our home, let him have time to acclimatize: everything he knew until then has disappeared and he finds himself in a new universe. Let him have two or three days to get to know his new place of life and his new playmates (humans, dogs or others).

After acclimatization to his new environment, we can offer him some activities, always respecting his evolution and his experience of the world. A dog born in the country is not used to the sounds and smells of the city. A dog born in town does not know the sounds of farm animals and probably never saw or heard a tractor.

The chronology mentioned above applies for a puppy but our new companion could be an adult. When adopting a teenage or an adult dog, it is also important to prepare the house for his arrival and allow him to acclimate before starting any activity. According to the natural predispositions of our dog (“I’m afraid of nothing – I go for it “, “not comfortable with my new life”, “I like my new friends”, “I’m terrified by this new environment “, …), we will make sure to put him at ease with his new life, and in any case to adapt the activities to his knowledge of the world and his physical and mental abilities.

[1] For quality sleep, the puppy must feel secure. This means that he should not be left alone: ​​if a human or another dog is present, the puppy knows that this companion will stand guard and that he does not risk anything.

[2] The dog is a social animal, which naturally needs contacts and companionship. If our way of life requires us to leave our dog at home, it is essential to teach him to stay alone or to find him a companion or a dog-sitter.


  • Discovering the world begins with mom and siglings ;
  • Just let the puppies make choices, without forcing or constraining ;
  • Let us ensure the felling of of security of our new recruite (eating, drinking, sleeping, peeing and pooing, social contacts) ;
  • Respecting the evolution and his experience of the world (dogs in cities > < dogs in countryside).

activités pour chiens épanouis stimulations mentales et jeux d'olfaction

Activities for happy dogs