The most important period of your pup’s life is during the first month it’s with you. That’s the crucial time to introduce your pooch to the outside. To get it comfortable being in the outdoors.
It could take from as little as 3 weeks to as much as 3 months before Rover gets to relate expectedly. Whatever experience they’re subjected to would markedly shape their life’s behavior. Those would be the things they’ll learn to be well-balanced on; comfy with throughout the pup’s span.
If you think your pooch may not do well when kids are present, then you get the dog around them during said intro time. Get it to experience traveling on a vehicle in order to minimize distaste to it later on. While it seems self-explanatory, you’d be surprised how many skip the ‘outdoor activity’ time during this period.
The objective here is that at a later developmental stage, the pup won’t be unsettled by the unexpected. Say, traveling through the woods together during an extended period of time without constantly needing to be guided. To hold its own during a sudden animal encounter &/or eccentric humans.
It may take getting the pup to go camping before its 12 weeks of life so it could get comfortable around the fire. Even allowing anyone interested in doing so, to hold the pooch &/or pet it .
Some may think to have a valid reason in not trying to start their dog into new experiences until their 4th month. It’s due to this being the time when a vet recommends these types of activities to be started at. They’re concerned with probable exposure to potential contaminants.
For those that have seen the value of earlier introduction to experiences, they’ve generally seen the long-term benefits outweigh the possible short-term risks. It would also be easier to train the dog so as to not unduly get into high-risks situations (think: becoming aggressive to other humans &/or canines).
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