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Depending on when you get your dog will determine the mental and physical capabilities, including the learning and adaptability of the dog. Time frames can vary with breeds, their environment, including developmental delays or early life illnesses and pre-existing learning events.

 Neonatal Stage: 0 – 12 days: Birth to 2 weeks

Only responds to warmth, touch and smell. Puppies are unable to regulate body functions like temperature and elimination.

 Transition Stage: 13 – 20 days (2-4 weeks)

The puppies' eyes and ears are open and have limited abilities. Its tail starts wagging and begins to control body functions without mom's help; baby teeth are emerging, and they are finding their vocals. 

Awareness Stage: 21 – 28 days

Sight and sound function well but are easily startled and require gradual exposure.

The puppy is learning that it is a dog and has a great deal of need for a stable environment.

Canine Socialization: 21 – 49 Days (1.5 months)

Interacts with mother and litter-mates and starts learning various canine behaviours (communication / play).

The puppy is now aware of the differences between canine and human societies.

Increases vocalizations and discovers their species' social structure.

Moms' behaviour can have an effect on the puppies.

Human Socialization: 7 – 12 weeks: 2 – 3 months

Time to go home! Debates and conversations among some professionals say that placement should be between 8 to 12 weeks.

It has been observed that keeping the litter together longer than the 8-week mark, optimizes the dogs' social and safety ability later in life, also assisting with one of the foundation behaviour issues in obtaining better quality bite Inhibition.

Shipping a puppy can leave an emotional scar if the experience is traumatic or handling is perceived as negative, and is not recommended unless you know great care or closely monitored supervision is available during transport.

The dog starts learning simple behaviour cues and the human and  language (sit, stay, recall). House-training and learning by association now begins. The dog can establish confidence as well as develop self-control with appropriate single learning events/positive training.

First Fear Impact: 8 – 11 weeks

Avoid frightening the puppy during this time. Traumatic experiences that happen during this period can affect their whole life.

As you can see, this period overlaps. The human socialization period and children or animals should not be allowed to hurt or scare the puppy.  - either maliciously or inadvertently.

It is imperative now to introduce other humans. Trainers note: Pair up great rewards with meeting new people and new places during this time! Food is one of the fastest ways to the brain for learning. Also a great time to teach kennel and alone training!

Seniority (Priority) Classification: 13 – 16 weeks: 3 to 4 months

It is also known as "cutting apron strings." At this age, the puppy begins wondering where they belong in the human family dynamic.

Biting behaviour is discouraged from 13 weeks on.

They are testing where they fit in the whole grand scheme of their life and within the environment.

Maintaining consistent training will support their current knowledge of our human societies and where they fit in, therefore helping them adjust safely into adulthood.

Trainer Notes: Praise for the correct behaviour response is the most effective tool, in addition to providing a chewing outlet.

Meaningful rewards are highly essential to shaping a positive attitude for the long term.

Flight Instinct: 4- 8 months

Puppies are testing where their paws can take them. It will seem that they turn a deaf ear when called.

This period lasts a few days to several weeks.It is crucial to praise the desired behaviour and reduce negative responses.  This period corresponds to teething periods, and behavioural problems can become compounded by inappropriate external support or lack thereof.

Second Fear Impact: 6 – 14 months of age

Also called "The Fear of situations period," and also may correspond to growth spurts.

This critical age may depend on the dog's size, including the dog's background.  

Forceful behaviour or training applications can frighten the dog; also, soothing tones can serve to encourage fear.

Having a calm and neutral guiding voice is best to be able to give receptive direction.

During this fearful period, positive and patient training puts the dog in a more prosperous position to build self-confidence and self-control.

Maturity: 1-4 years old

Many breeds continue to grow and physically change well beyond the first year.

This period is often set by an increase of unwanted behaviour and by a renewed need to reposition themselves within the family dynamics.

During this time, while pushing for guidance, the dog should be handled with consistent rewards for desired behaviours.

Regular training throughout this period will help maintain a trusting bond and mutual understanding of family expectations from both ends of the leash. Training should be fun that develops teamwork that supports and reinforce for making safe choices.


Be Brilliant For Your Dog's Resiliency!

Start at any time within the first year of your dogs life of your dog's life! 

14 Sessions at 1-hour lengths OR 14 HOURS TOTAL!

That's right - 14 sessions OR take up to 14 hours in total (because some sessions do take longer then others) to help you get your whole home, visitors and extended family members the support and training your dog needs now! This is great support to help those special dogs that are showing scary behavior that needs to be stopped and training started now. This way you and your dog have a better outcome for the long term future. This supportive program was developed to support a new generation of dogs to have great coping abilities and their guardians have the automated skills.  Take your Junior from out of control and gain reliable safe behavior by taking your skills out of your home in into the real urban world. By addressing the serious issues as young as possible makes it easier to manage and retrain for community safety. From Fearful Pups soiling in the house to Jumpy Mouthy Rumbustious Rovers - This is a great way to pave a new life! 

Home Transition & House Proofing

 Kids and Dogs

 Foundations : Leash Handling; Canine Communication; Marker Training

 House, Kennel & Alone Training

 Basic Grooming &  Handling Acceptance

 Facing Fear and Confidence Development

 The Do's and Must Do's with Toys

Self Control & Home-bound Brain Games

 Bite Prevention & Understanding Mouthing

Multi Dog Household Management

Skill Development


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