Product Tab Content 1 - Rescue Dog Support
The first 12 months of life, and especially 6 to 12 weeks of age, is an extremely important developmental period in a puppy's life.
During this time the foundation of many behavioural patterns are laid down which will greatly influence how the adult dog will react to the world around them, including:
- the sights, sounds and smells of modern day life
- the environment (buses, bikes, vacuum cleaners, unfamiliar objects and locations)
- new situations and activities
- children, adults and other animals
If a young dog experiences positive interactions in a wide range of circumstances, a confident, self-assured, well-mannered dog is often the result.
If on the other hand, a puppy, has little or no exposure to many of the things he or she will encounter in the outside world, or suffers the loss of a close human / animal companion / their home, an anxious, easily stressed, depressed fearful and / or reactive dog is the more likely outcome.
And once these and similar behaviours become established, they can be very difficult to overcome.