Add a Silky Terrier to your life? Knowing about your puppy’s development and what to expect during the first year of his life can reduce a lot of frustration. The way your Silky Terrier puppy thinks and acts will probably make you grind your teeth from time to time. But it will also bring a smile to your face.

Raising a Silky Terrier that first year is very similar to raising a baby during its first year. Except the pet will end up as a teenager at the end of the year.

When you first have a puppy, they eat, play, drink and eliminate. Just as babies cry to signal their needs, puppies bite or get super hyper to let you know they need something too. If it’s urgent, they’ll keep it.

It is important that you do not get angry or punish your new puppy harshly. This will undermine his trust in you and will also shake up your relationship. Silkies are sensitive little terriers.

The five stages of puppy development that you will see in your Silky Terrier are:

Childhood — Weeks 8 to 12

During this stage they are curious, playful and have very short attention spans. This is very normal for a healthy and active puppy. Yes, getting into everything and chewing is normal. They like to explore their surroundings, so make sure you pick up your slippers and don’t leave food on the table. It won’t be there when you get back.

Start pre-training your pup at this stage as well, but don’t expect him to remember everything.

Terrible Two’s — Weeks 12 to 16

That’s how it is. You will spend it with your pup even though you may have already experienced it with your children!

But your puppy is also beginning to develop his personality. Being more active and bolder than before.

In this phase they have a fully developed brain so you can start training.

Adolescents — Months 4 to 6

During this stage of puppy development, you may notice that your puppy wants to avoid people, places, or situations. Slowly introduce them to the new situation and let them take their time getting familiar with things.

Puberty — Months 6 to 9

Just a word here… hormones. Your pup is going through a lot right now. He just remembers when it seems like they’re doing something they’re not supposed to. Plus, they’ll probably have a total attitude. Sounds familiar?

Adolescent — Months 9 to 12

They are starting to calm down and act like mature young adults. Although sometimes they just have to push the rules a little bit, but not too much. You will notice that they do not bother when guests arrive and they come when you call them.

Living with your Silky Terrier is one of the greatest pleasures you will experience.