Are you a dog enthusiast? If yes, here is a good article that will help you understand the developmental stages on puppy’s life so that you can take advantage of it during training. In respect to future behavior and understanding how to teach dogs, it is important to recognize the puppies go through a number of key stages during their development.
Neonatal period 2-4 weeks
Primary habitual/socialization period 4-7 weeks
General habitual/ socialization period 8-12 weeks
Critical period for sensitivity 8-12 weeks
During neonatal period, puppies are looked after principally by their mother but some supervision by you is needed to ensure that all is well and that the puppy is sucking, urinating, and defecating normally.
You should maximize the use of the habitual/socialization period since at this time; your puppy is at its height of their learning ability. A dog’s future development and stability depend very much on careful and sympathetic handling during these periods. Much thought is needed to ensure that each new experience is a happy one. Inappropriate habituation may be the cause of:
- Fear -related aggression to people or other animals.
- Phobias or avoidance behavior.
- Abnormal interaction with the dog’s owner – sometimes over-attachment!
- Separation anxiety – fear of being left alone.
Towards the end of the primary habituation period, you should start the house training process. Great care is a must to avoid or to minimize fearful experience during this critical period of your puppy’s life and punishment should never be use at this time.
Dog training is fun and it could be very effective when we know what we are doing; what time do we train them, length of training exercises, what actions we must not do, and understanding the developmental stages on your puppy’s life so that we can take full advantage of it while they are at its height of learning period.