Social network

By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Although your puppy inherited some behavioral traits, most characteristics develop from life experiences. This is where you come in.

The crucial window of socialization comes when your pup is 3 to 16 weeks old. That’s when he or she is most open to new people, animals, places and things. If these experiences are positive, you will both reap the benefits for years to come.

This is the time to expose your pup to other animals, encourage supervised play with children and introduce your curious canine to new sights, noises and odors. You can also start teaching simple manners. Be patient and let your pup tell you when he or she is ready for something new.

A lack of early socialization and positive experiences can make a dog fearful, anxious or aggressive for life. Start early and continue training to foster canine confidence and contentment.