Farrah has learned about dog training & behavior through countless hours of coursework, reading, researching, experience, and hands-on cases. In light of this, please read the following with an understanding that it may not be the best protocol for your individual dog. If your dog has behavior issues, especially aggression, seek professional help immediately. The following is for general informational and educational purposes for current, former, and future students. = A Farrah Favorite.
"The Primary And Most Important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life... For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated."
"Temperament problems must be prevented during early puppyhood because rehabilitating adult dogs is complicated and extremely time-consuming." "We know that insufficient early socialization causes hard-to-reverse changes in brain function and anatomy, leading to temperament problems later in life, such as fear and aggression towards people." "When puppies and young adolescents start to go off-track, the early-warning signs (evident as early as eight to 10 weeks of age) of future aggression are often subtle and easily missed and so, people simply do not respond quickly enough. Without immediate remedial socialization, classical conditioning and progressive desensitization, puppies gradually but progressively become more fearful and eventually, reactive and aggressive."
Very good information on raising your puppy. Some things may need to be modified for your pup and lifestyle.
If your pup is in the "needs work" category, seek professional behavior modification immediately.
"Research finds puppies from pet stores are more likely to have behavior problems than those from non-commercial breeders." Stress affects pups, even before they are born! If mom is stressed then the pups are living in a cortisol filled environment (in utero). They are often born with tendencies towards fear and aggression. Research what and from whom you are getting your pup! If you notice a problem with your puppy (fear, aggression, etc) get a behavior modification plan in place right away! If you address behavior problems in early puppyhood, you have a greater chance of successfully modifying the behavior. Changes can be accomplished more quickly, more affectively, and it will be less expensive!
Why it is critical for puppies to stay with their mom and littermates until they are
at least 8 weeks of age.
A program that helps create healthier, more confident, stable dogs.
If you're looking for a breeder, find one that implements this or similar protocols.
"The Perinatal period, from conception until just after birth, is a time when puppies undergo dramatic neural and immune development. In fact, this period sets the stage for every dog’s lifetime health, mental stability, and longevity. Here are three of the more fascinating perinatal effects."
Dr Ian Dunbar's Bite Scale
Aggression Between Dogs in Same Household
"In the end, “fixing” behavior problems is about learning to accept your dog’s quirks and limitations, and working with what you have to make things better. It’s not about replacing a faulty circuit, giving a personality transplant, or creating a perfect dog who never has a setback.
So if your dog has a behavior issue that concerns you – by all means, ask for help! In almost every case, there are lots of things you can do to help your dog work through his problem."