It’s all about socialization!
Socialization is the window from 3 to 12 weeks of age for dogs in which their innate fear is less than their desire to experience their environment.
After that period of time, what has not been learnt favourably becomes difficult to learn or unlearn.
Thus unwanted behaviours and fears require desensitization and counterconditioning to adjust to life. A lot of work!
Let’s make sure all dogs get a great start and if they haven’t, the poor pups need much time to adjust.
Dr. Judith Samson-French