Veterinary behaviorist Meredith Stepita of UC Davis Veterinary Medicine explains that puppies need to stay with their moms and litter and should not be weaved away until they reach the age of 8 weeks old. Mother provides puppy with much needed love, food, attention and affection that they require early. Puppies during this crucial time are acquiring social skills from litter mates and are busy learning important puppy things. Litter siblings do a great job teaching each other how not to bite or to roughhouse, in addition to adding necessary frustration tolerance. During this time, a puppy also learns about pack dominance and getting acclimated to different people being around them. These lessons will continue being established within the confines of your home.
It will be exciting to finally have a puppy at your home, with everyone in the household getting acquainted with each other, playing and interacting. It might look like fun and games, but for a puppy it is also a time of serious learning; young companion is getting valuable lessons in what to do and not to do, whether you are actively teaching him or not. When a puppy is taken into a home at an age younger than 8 weeks, they feel more vulnerable; crave more safety, routine, security and comfort, as well as love.
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