100 positive experiences in 100 days

By Tracie Korol A well-meaning family adopted Cruiser from a shelter when he was 16 weeks old. He was “shy,” the shelter said plus he had been at the facility for two months, half his life. He was the only puppy at the shelter at the time so the family decided to take him despite his timidity. He’d come around, they thought, with love and attention. What the didn’t know was that at 16 weeks Cruiser was reaching the end of a pup’s most important socialization period — the time in his life when he learns what is safe and good, and what is scary. During this period, pups that live with humans need to learn the world is a good and safe place.  Their general assumption then becomes that people and other animals, places and things are okay unless proven otherwise. In contrast, pups that are not socialized tend to be suspicious of everything except for a very narrow range of experiences they encounter in their very limited environment... ...

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