Whether you've just purchased a puppy or are thinking about bringing a new dog into your home, what you know about puppy development and socializing dogs will make a difference in the relationship you will have with your pet...
Sound advice and information on socializing dogs...
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Puppy Socialization Position Statement - AVSAB American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
"Socialization The Primary And most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over-stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior."
Blue Cross UK - Socializing your puppy
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"Efforts to understand and address health and welfare problems in dogs are complicated by issues around the sourcing of puppies. In many countries, the majority of apparently purebred dogs are thought to come from commercial breeders who are not registered with relevant kennel clubs and therefore may fall outside the normal influences, controls and regulations of such bodies (www.humanesociety.org). Clearly, this all leads to a very complex situation and optimal progress on resolving these challenges will be achieved only if key stakeholders can coordinate and work together to embrace positive and evidence-based change. A critical element required for such progression is the provision of a forum for formal and informal discussions between all relevant groups where key issues can be identified and defined, and plans can be agreed for effective actions to address them."
Puppy development birth to 8 weeks (breed BMD): See The First Eight Weeks – The Life and Times of Bouncing, Biting, Baby Berners at http://www.bmdinfo.org/Litterlife/week_one.php
By Mary-Ann Bowman, Ph.D.
"Most of us get our puppies at approximately eight weeks of age. Arriving with their sweet faces and sharp teeth, they rearrange our entire lives. But a puppy existed before she lived with us – she did not simply arrive on the earth at eight weeks, after all! Those first eight weeks are so important and eventful, and yet few of us get to participate in that time period. The purpose of this article is to give you a glimpse into the whelping box, so to speak, and share that tender time in a puppy's life."