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Dachshund puppy in black and white eating from a red bowl

Raising a puppy

Puppies bring so much joy to our lives - but they also bring responsibility. To raise yours, you need a combination of training, care and tailored nutrition to help them grow from fragile young puppies to strong, healthy adult dogs.

Tailored puppy nutrition

ROYAL CANIN® Puppy formulas are tailor-made with the right vitamins and minerals to support a puppy’s healthy development.

Your puppy’s development in stages

Neonatal Labrador Retriever puppy lying down
Birth - 21 days


The majority of a puppy's life in this first stage of growth is spent feeding and sleeping – they normally gain 5-10% of their body weight every day for the first two weeks. Their senses are also still developing – in fact their eyes stay shut until the end of the second week after birth!

3 - 8 weeks


At this stage, puppies begin to play fight with their siblings and may start to communicate with other dogs. In this vital period when they’re weaned off milk to solid foods, their immature immune system must develop to help protect them from millions of germs.

Older Labrador Retriever puppy sitting in black and white on a white background
8 weeks+


By 8 weeks your puppy’s hearing is fully developed. As they learn and grow, you’ll begin to socialize your puppy to help them develop into a confident, well-behaved adult. Well-balanced puppy food is vital in the first year of life to help your puppy's bones grow. Their bones will eventually become four times stronger than concrete!

A guide to puppyhood

Puppyhood is a hugely rewarding time for pet owners, but it's also a time of huge challenges and steep learning curves, for you and your pet. The information and advice in the following pages has been collected from Royal Canin veterinarians, nutritionists and partners worldwide, and should help you and your puppy have a healthy start to life together.
Black Labrador Retriever jumping in black and white on a white background

Preparing for a puppy

When you bring your puppy home for the first time, it's a huge change for both of you. You can make the process much easier by making a few simple preparations ahead of the big day.

  • Get all the puppy essentials
  • Puppy-proof your home and yard
  • Find a local veterinarian
  • Choose a nutritionally complete puppy food
  • Make sure everyone in the home is prepared
    Dachshund puppy being held by owner

    Bringing home your puppy

    Selecting a puppy for the first time, although exciting, can be nerve-wracking. By having the right tools and knowledge, you can make sure that this first experience with your new arrival is a positive one, for them and for you.

    Jack Russell Terrier puppy sleeping on a white rug next to a window

    The first days in a new home

    Your puppy's first few days and weeks in their new home are key in building a strong relationship with your pet. Make sure your puppy settles in, introduce them to family and friends calmly, and establish a routine to ensure as little disruption as possible for your new arrival.

    Black Labrador puppy in black and white eating from a red bowl

    Feeding your puppy

    A puppy's diet plays a key role in their physical and cognitive development. The right mix of nutrients in their food will help that development and lay the foundations for a healthy life.

    English Cocker Spaniel puppy being held by a young boy

    How to socialize a puppy

    Socialization is one of the most important steps in ensuring your puppy grows into a well-balanced, confident adult. It's never too early to start gently introducing your pet to new experiences, people, and animals.

    Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy standing outside being given a treat

    Puppy training and play

    Learning and play are vital to puppy development and provide them with an understanding of the rules of life. Training should start as early as possible while your puppy naturally has an excellent capacity for learning.

    Poodle puppy sitting in black and white on a white background

    The basics of puppy grooming

    Ensuring your puppy is used to being handled from a young age will make grooming easier for the rest of their life. Each dog breed has unique grooming needs and understanding that is key to maintaining your dog's healthy coat.

    Dachshund puppy running outside in the snow with a red ball

    Understanding puppy health

    It's important to understand your dog's routines and behavior so you can quickly recognize the signs if something isn't right. It's also important to understand a few key milestones, such as vaccinations and booster injections.

    German shepherd puppy sitting in black and white on a white background

    Your puppy's behavior

    Puppies communicate with you in a number of ways. Reading body language and behaviors and listening to the sounds they make can tell you a lot about how they're feeling and what they need from you.