Watercubs & Kivisilmän
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Canine Development Phases
I) Neonatal Period - birth to 2 weeks of age
II) Transitional period - 2 to 3 weeks of age
III) Socialization period - 3 to 12 weeks of age
This is the time when they are especially receptive to new stimuli, animals, humans, and novel experiences. The early weeks of this period are focused on interactions with other dogs, but starting as early as 5 weeks puppies can begin to socialize with humans. It is essential that puppies have interactions with other dogs at least during the stages of the socialization period.
IV) Juvenile – 12 weeks - 6 months
Socialization often heads downhill during adolescence, because the dog tends to interact with the same familiar friends and family, and is walked on the same route to the same dog park, where they encounter the same old people and the same old dogs (unlike with a puppy with which you go everywhere). Many adolescent dogs become progressively desocialized toward unfamiliar people and dogs until eventually they become intolerant of all but a small inner circle of friends. Your dog must therefore continue meeting unfamiliar people regularly, otherwise he will progressively desocialize. Socialization is an on ongoing process.