THE FOURTH WEEK – UP TO THE ARRIVAL IN THE NEW HOMES
From the 4th to the 12th week we have the socialization period: with other dogs, people and environment.
The mother teaches: bite inhibition, food hierarchy, self-control, frustration and calm managment.
When they are one month old the puppies are moved to a larger fenced area in close contact with the daily routine and accustomed to the noises of the house such as vacuum cleaners, hairdryers and external noises such as sirens, trucks, scooters etc. I start to use also some CDs with various noises to get them used: sirens, thunderstorms, fireworks … and of course also classical and relaxing music.
I continue to provide new visual, auditory, gustatory and tactile stimulations. Now begins the “fun”: the puppies will meet lot of objects different in size, texture, shapes, noises, I introduce small tunnels, dark areas to enter, objects hanging from above, grids, medals, bottles, balls, umbrella etc ,. Every day I add new elements and change the arrangement of objects so that they are always stimulating for them.
In this period I made the first exit in the garden gradually longer time.
Puppies are introduced to have a collar, a harness and I teach them to follow on a leash, or at least, the first approaches!
They are introduced to the clicker and also some problem solving challenges.
Puppies can, weather permitting, stay indoors and go out into the garden.
If there is a good temperature they will also have the first positive interactions with the water, entering with the legs and playing inside a small bowl.
They live in close contact with the whole family.I also introduce them to the car, gradually, making small trip.