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[MUSIC PLAYING] The third week of the puppies life is known as the transitional period. It's an appropriate name because in this short week of life, the puppy transforms from a deaf, blind, helpless loaf of fur, to a real puppy who can see, hear, toddle, and play. This period will normally be about the third week of the puppies life. But developmental periods can't be pinned down to a specific time frame. Now, it can get very confusing. Because although we do assign a time frame to them in terms of how old the puppy is, these are really averages that can vary a lot. So what scientists have tried to do is use behavioral markers to signify the beginning and end of various developmental periods. Obviously, that's going to vary from puppy to puppy. So the important takeaway from this is that while you may read or in this DVD you may see that a certain developmental period begins and ends at a certain chronological time in the life of the puppy, really you need to be observing the puppy to know what development period that particular puppy really is in. The transitional period begins when the puppies eyes open and ends when they first startle upon hearing a sound. [DOOR SLAMS] We use these particular behavioral markers because having some useful vision and hearing facilitate the puppies ability to form social bonds and enter into the next developmental period, which will be the socialization period. As they begin gaining more vision, they develop an interest in each other. And their first sign of recognition of their littermates is to begin chewing on them. They begin eliminating on their own at about 16 to 17 days. Which, conveniently, is the same time that they begin walking. Their instinct to keep the den clean is strong, and they'll try to move away from the nest when they eliminate. Their teeth begin to emerge, which starts to be uncomfortable for the bitch as the puppies nurse. Again, conveniently, this is the time when the puppies start to take an interest in their mother's food and they begin to lap liquids. By the end of the week, the puppies have graduated to a slurry of lean muscle meat and goat milk. They get really excited about their food, but they're not always sure what to do with it. At this point, they don't get that it's the front end of them that eats, so they just go in for full body contact. As neonates, the puppies made only one type of sound which was meant to solicit care. As they enter the transitional period, they start to deliver a variety of messages with their vocalizations. Barking and growling develop, [PUPPIES VOCALIZE] which seem to indicate the puppies understanding of himself as an individual interacting with other individuals. Non-verbal communication like tail wagging can also begin at this time. By the end of the transitional period, the puppies have evolved from fragile extensions of their mother to individuals with an emerging sense of self and the capabilities necessary to begin the socialization process. [PUPPY BARKS] Oh! Hello! [LAUGHTER]

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