OF PUPPY DEVELOPMENT
||If socialized later than 14 weeks, (or
between 12-14 weeks in some dogs) shyness or aggressiveness may dominate behavior.
||If socialized earlier, shyness often
develops, along with over-dependence on the owner, which may lead to overprotectiveness.
||Traumatic, fear producing experiences may be
permanently impressed causing defensive reactions in some circumstances.
||Meaningful sexual mounting often occurs.
Males display erections.
||Barking at strangers and other territorial
and social group protective tendencies may occur. Leg lifting may begin in males.
||Many dogs become more serious about
protective-aggressive behavior. A general persistence in behavior problems is noted and
corrections become more difficult.
||Protective-aggressive behavior can be
especially purposeful. Problem behavior appears to become self-rewarding and habitual.
Corrections are markedly more difficult.
|Originally submitted to Southwest Bullmastiff Club
Newsletter by Cindy Emerson. Submitted to The Bullseye by Kathy McAlister.
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