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Puppies 8 – 14 weeks

Congratulations on your new puppy. We are happy that you chose to let us take part in your new journey as you embark on a S.T.A.R.T. program or CLASS.  Your puppy will need a lot of guidance and help to navigate these first ‘critical’ few weeks.

You will notice that we stress socialization as a ‘program’ under 12 weeks of age. We canteach a puppy to sit, stay, and come at any stage of their development. But after 12 weeks we are past the ‘imprint’ stage. We can no longer add building blocks to the brain. The door is closed. And this spells doom for many of today’s dogs. By 1 year old they are ‘out of control’ – This doesn’t need to happen.

We invite you to start reading the information in these documents, and learn everything you can about socialization. Just remember – socialization isn’t about the dog seeing, and engaging with 100 different stimuli. It is about ‘having fun’ while that stimuli is present.

After You Get Your Puppy ebook by Dr Ian Dunbar – the best resource you will find

Breeders Guide to Imprinting Puppies – This can be done until 14 weeks. This is a Power Point. If you do not have a reader, try downloading it and viewing it on your browser.

Puppy Socialization Check List  – Download this and open in Word

puppy development   Understanding development stages can help understand puppy behavior

Also, don’t forget that we have a wealth of information in our blog  Obedience  and Puppy Socialization are too Categories

Canine Aggression Preventing it in Puppies   Power Point

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