The Secret Life of Puppies
Between the ages of 4 weeks and 16 weeks of age, puppies learn how to be dogs. What they learn during this period of time speaks volumes about how they will react in any given situation as adults.
The 4-to-16 week period usually determines whether a dog will trust people and interact comfortably with other dogs. Since most puppies are not purchased or adopted until they are eight weeks of age this leaves only the remaining eight weeks in which a human family can shape a joyful adult dog. While many dogs can re-learn appropriate skills and responses, it is up to humans to redirect them if they have gone off-course.
Many times a family does not intervene in rough play, barking, and other forms of puppy behavior because the dog is “so cute”, or “too young to understand”. This uninformed attitude is why there are so many young dogs languishing in shelters!
Take the time to speak with and/or enroll your puppy in a reputable puppy obedience program before his behavior becomes intolerable! You will be shaping his future and possibly saving his life!
If you would like more information on this topic or any other please give me a call at 856-349-2508 or reply to this column. I’ll be glad to help you!
Next week’s topic will be entitled, “School for Dogs”. As always Cleary’s notebook encourages dialogue so your comments are welcome!
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