Puppy Socialization – Fear Periods

(part 2 of 2)

In the last article we talked about early socialization focusing on your puppy’s early acclimation to his surroundings, people and other animals. This week we will discuss fear periods. There are two major fear periods in a puppy’s socialization. One is at 8-11 weeks and the other is 6-14 months. These fear periods are evolutionarily programmed and are protective for dogs in the wild. Even though dogs live as pets now, these genetically determined behavioral patterns are still present. Early socialization allowed wild puppies to become accustomed to their early environment but learning to fear strange situations, as they matured, was necessary to protect them from predators and other dangers.

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