was measured by dividing participants into three categorical groups depending on their length (i.e.
Furthermore, since recruits at 10 weeks are ready for active service (although most undergo further training within their regiments), 8 weeks is close to the end of this official socialization period
The initial socialization period
should last at least 16 weeks.
If you are childless but you do anticipate having children, introduce the pet to your neighbors' children during this critical socialization period
. Because cats have a similar socialization period
, be sure to handle kittens during their fourth to eighth weeks if you want them to become companion pets.
Puppies younger than 14 weeks of age are in a sensitive socialization period
and benefit from lots of social interaction.
Many dogs are adopted after the socialization period
has ended, but they can still learn to adapt, although it may be somewhat harder for them and their owners.
The primary socialization period
, the sensitive period, is pretty complete by the 12th week.
You've done a wonderful job socializing your pup during the sensitive socialization period
(before 12-16 weeks of age), but it shouldn't stop now that your dog is a teenager.
It's essential for puppies to encounter a variety of people and situations during the formative socialization period
, which lasts until 16 weeks of age.
Usually the fear biter was secondary-socialization-deprived in that it lacked people exposure during the critical socialization period
. The window for secondary socialization is from birth to 12 weeks of age, with special emphasis on the first six weeks of the pup's life.
They are not failing, their puppy is not evil incarnate, and they will absolutely not be able to accomplish all the tasks outlined in all the best puppy books before their puppy's socialization period
is over (and that's okay).