As dogs grow from puppies to dogs, they go through different stage of development. These stages are extremely important that aid in forming and facilitating the appropriate socialisation, experience and learning of your puppy. The way we interact and how and when we expose our puppy to different things can determine the way our puppy views and responds to the world around them. If we know what our pup is going through during these “sensitive periods” of growth, it will assist us in supporting them and appropriately exposing them to differing stimulus and situations in the big wide world.
The table below will help you understand what your puppy/dog is going through and enable you to better support them through these changes. Please see the bibliography/reference section for a comprehensive reading list and further information.