Sense of Fear in PuppiesAs a new puppy parent, everything regarding your dog’s wellbeing is completely unfamiliar to you. It can be overwhelming but we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. You might have read about fear development in dogs. How does the sense of fear in puppies develop? How to make sure your puppy is well socialized until it’s too late?

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At what age does the sense of fear develop?

Between the 12th and 16th weeks of life, the socialisation period is closing up. Dogs start to become wary of other pets and humans that they have never met before. During this critical period, it’s important to expose your puppy to a variety of experiences, people, and animals in a positive and controlled way. This will help your puppy to develop a sense of confidence and comfort in new situations. You can take your puppy to different places like the park, pet store, and grooming salon to help them get used to different environments. You can also introduce your puppy to different types of people like children, elderly, and people with different ethnicities. This will help your puppy to be comfortable around different people. Remember to always supervise your puppy during these interactions and use positive reinforcement techniques like treats, praise, and playtime to encourage good behavior.

We suggest whenever your puppy is in an unpleasant situation (like a vet visit, fireworks, etc) meet the fear with a laugh and distract your friend with a game. A soothing reassurance and hiding with your pup under the table just deepens the experience instead of making the situation something to be laughed at. We suggest that you walk your dog on a leash. So if your pup gets into any novel fearful situation you can easily take control of it.
Leash training is an important part of socialization as it allows you to control your puppy’s movements and keep them safe. Start by getting your puppy used to wearing a collar or harness and gradually introduce the leash. Practice walking your puppy in quiet areas before moving on to busier areas. This will help your puppy to get used to different sounds, smells, and sights. Make sure to use positive reinforcement techniques and rewards like treats and praise to encourage good behavior. Remember to keep the leash loose and avoid pulling or yanking it as this can cause your puppy to feel anxious or stressed. With consistent training and positive reinforcement, your puppy will learn to enjoy walking on a leash and exploring the world around them.

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