1 week puppies: The primitive reflexes
When the puppy is born, his nervous system is totally immature. It owes its survival to the presence of his mother and 4 reflex called “primitive”:
- Rooting reflex that drives the puppy to find the hottest places of the nest (the body of the mother or his sisters/brothers)
- The suck reflex, through which the puppy knows suck and feed,
- Perineal reflex that allows the puppy to eliminate the stool and urine when the mother dog licks their bellies and the area under the tail,
- The reflex that encourages the puppy to not move when his mother grabbed him by the scruff of the neck.
The puppy is blind and deaf at birth. However, his sense of touch is well developed, which helps to find the teats of his mother, and he feels the sound vibrations.
On the 5th day, the puppy carries its weight on the front legs and begins to crawl.
Can you communicate with a puppy during the first two weeks of life?
No. We have no possibility for them to know us during their vegetative stage because they can not see us, smell us, even if we touch, weight them and so on.
Certainly, they can smell our scent, but it is like nothing compare to the smell of milk. It does not interest them, as well as the smell of the towel that lines their case or their brothers / sisters who represent for them a part of their nest until the age of 15th to 16th days. Then they begin to perceive them as other living beings.