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Puppies Undergo A Fear Imprint Period During Their Development

Jul 29th 2015 at 11:51 PM

Puppies pass through a couple of developmental phases as they grow into maturity. An important phase is called the ‘Fear Imprint Period’ wherein a puppy is highly vulnerable to conditioning from pain and fear.

Your puppy needs your guidance during this period so he can easily adjust and discover that certain things in his environment are not to be feared. Taking an active part in your pet’s training and socialization will help you identify potential trigger factors, which is equally important in helping your pup overcome them.

Oftentimes, you have to know why your pup is suddenly afraid of the vacuum cleaner, or the screen door, or even your shoes. Always be quick to take steps to address a specific situation when you spot it. Your first instinct may be to allay your pet’s fears, but you should avoid it at all cost for your will only be reinforcing the experience or behavior.

Aside from socialization, bringing your pet to a veterinary clinic for regular checkups will ensure that your puppy will grow up healthy and well-behaved. For more information, visit this website.

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