Goldendoodle Development Periods
Your puppy will pass through many stages as he grows and develops. Many puppy owners are shocked, surprised or downright freaked out about the way that their cute little puppy is behaving. Just check of what stage of development the little guy (or gal) is in… explains a lot (like he isn’t crazy). Behaviors can be accounted for with these stages, but a lot of these behaviors are also not acceptable and you must train and lead the way.
The mother of your puppy will start the process by building the foundation. This responsibility will then be turned over to you. It can not be expressed enough times how important is for you to train and lead your puppy so that he will be a happy well adjusted member of your family for life.
Puppy Toddlers Period (3 - 8 Weeks)
“Mom teaches dog manners”
During the Toddler period, the doodle puppies emerge on their own from the litter. They venture into the surrounding environment. These lessons learned in the toddler stage are CRITICAL. Puppies removed too early tend to be nervous, tend to bark a lot, tend to bite simply because these lessons a mother and littermates usually provides were missed. Training problems and long-term behavior problems can often be attributed to a puppy removed from the litter much too soon.
Beginning at 3 weeks of age, what is going on:
The first lessons learned are dog specific behavioral patterns
* They will learn various postures meanings and their affects to their mother and littermates.
* They will learn how to bite and what it is like to be bitten.
* They will learn what barking and other vocalizations mean and their uses.
* They will learn how to establish social relationships with other dogs.
Beginning at 5 weeks of age, what is going on:
Vocalization and tempered activities (dog manners) usually are learned at approximately 5 weeks of age.
* They will learn how to be submissive to the leader of the pack.
* They will learn and refine additional postures, vocalizations and acceptable dog interaction behaviors.
What the Puppy’s mother will do:
The mother will growl, snarl and snap to communicate. With a few very clear signals and repetitions, the young puppy will learn quickly. At that point a mothers glare or low growl is all that is needed to keep a young pup in line. Littermates also learn clear signals of communication to each other.
Socialization Period (7 - 12 Weeks) and First Fear Imprint Period (8-11 Weeks)
“Lasting impact, rapid learning”
Dogs that are denied socialization during this critical Socialization period often become unpredictable because they are fearful or aggressive. It is during this time, that your dog needs to have positive experiences. They need to be introduced to new things and begin the groundwork to a happy, well-adjusted dog.
Beginning at 7 weeks of age, what is going on:
* Short attention spans.
* Things learned are permanent and will be resistant to change.
* Puppy will be eager to learn.
* What he does and learns now, he will do as an adult.
* Puppy’s temperament and personality will become more apparent.
* Puppy will be transitioning his education from his mother to his human environment.
Beginning at 8 weeks and ending at approximately 11 weeks of age, what is going on:
* Any traumatic, painful or frightening experiences can have a lasting impact.
What You Can Do:
* Gradually introduce your puppy to new things, environments and people.
* Make experiences positive (provide treats or toys)
* Don’t push your puppy into fearful situations – take things slowly and allow him to adjust and get use to the situation.
* Do not let others push your puppy or be forceful with them.
* Provide a secure comforting demeanor.
* Teach the puppy you are there to protect and lead.