Impressionable Puppies

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Sumac Grant-Johnson CPDT-KA

In the Beginning – Puppy parents are the launch pad for every puppy. Puppy parents pass along DNA carrying not only visible appearance and breed characteristics but health and behavior traits to their offspring. When they are chosen with care and knowledge puppies are likely to receive strong traits from their parents. Important puppy parent considerations include.

  • Health
  • Structure
  • Temperament

First Impressions – What puppies experience in the first several weeks of life will have a great impact on every day of the rest of their life! When all experiences are within the puppies comfort and acceptance zone they build self-confidence, an enjoyment of people, and the foundations for a balanced temperament. Important early puppy elements include.

  • Nurturing by their dog mom
  • Interaction with puppy siblings
  • Appropriate gentle interaction with people
  • Appropriate exposure to stimulus including various sounds, surfaces, situations
  • Introduction to a healthy diet

And So It Goes – Just as with children what a puppy experiences beyond those first several weeks and on through adolescence is still molding the adult dog the puppy will grow into. Important elements for a growing puppy Include. (Aways within the puppies comfort and acceptance zone)

  • Nurturing by their human family
  • Appropriate gentle interaction with a variety of people
  • Appropriate interaction with other puppies and dogs with impeccable social skills.
  • Appropriate exposure to stimulus including various sounds, surfaces, situations
  • Appropriate exercise for each stage of development
  • Gentle positive training
  • Healthy diet and wellness care

The Outcome – Puppies who are fortunate enough to have such a wonderful start and progression into adulthood have a great likelihood of having positive characteristics of their breed, an even temperament, and the makings of a loving and lovable companion.

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Copyright Sumac Grant-Johnson CPDT-KA – June 2917

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