On the way to adulthood, the puppy or young dog goes through several phases. In addition to the well-known socialization phase, this includes notorious puberty. But there are still more stages of development.
The first begins right after birth and is called the vegetative phase. In this first and second week there is not much happening with the child: the eyes and ears are closed, the sense of smell is less pronounced. He is almost busy drinking and sleeping.
You can perceive a bit of your environment in the so-called transition phase in the third week. Around day 17 of the life, the puppy slowly learns to see and now he listens. Now he takes note of his brother and also of the first external stimuli.
A very important moment is the subsequent stamping phase of the fourth to the seventh week. These should be used optimally, since during this time the personality of the puppy is defined. Now you can hear, see and smell and learn to use impressions. Therefore, it is very important that these be diverse in this phase, so that the puppy becomes a well-established and bold adult. With the other puppies, now has fun, measured with them and learn the rules of the game in a social structure, very important for further social competence.
Period of socialization
During the socialization phase (weeks 8 to 16), the puppy learns to find his way. You, as parents of a dog, have the task of making your little one fit for life. New sounds and many impressions must be presented to the puppy without exceeding it. Since you learn very well at this time, you can do the first small exercises and gather them with many people and other animals; the important thing is positive experiences. The consequence from the beginning is important, because in the socialization phase, the child also seeks his place in the pack and will also try to test his limits.