Training and upbringing

Below we have listed the differend stages of mental development

0 – 7 weeks
newborn, conscious, social training with other dogs
The puppy is together with it’s mother and siblings. During this period of time the puppy learns social interaction, play and to supress agressions* from it’s mother and siblings. During that critical time the puppies may under no circumstances be taken from their mother or siblings. The puppy learns the most important lession of their lives during that time – to accept discipline.
* Puppies that haven’t gotten any teeth untill the age of 7 weeks this period can last two weeks longer. They cannot learn bite inhibition without teeth.

7 – 12 weeks
Socialisering with humans
This period is the best time for the puppy to move in with it’s new familiy. The puppy has now the same brain Waves as an adult dog, but their ability to concentrate and being alert during longer periods is still very limited. Now, the puppy will learn the fastest and everything the puppy learns now is pernament. In other words, now is the perfect time to start training obedience. It is important that the training is set up in an encouraging, non-punishing way and to have the limited concentratin ability in mind. Sessions lasting 1 – 2 minutes, several times a day is a meaningful way to plan the training.  Furthermore this period is perfect to introduce the puppy to everything that might be important later on in the puppy’s live. Let the puppy be among a lot of differend people (men with beards, children, elderly, women with large hats, etc), in differend locations (go by car, by bus, Walking in the Woods, in the city, etc), let it see differend kinds of animals (is your puppy supposed to get along with cats? or with farm animals? now is the time to introduce your puppy) in a positive and non-threatening way.

8 – 11 weeks
The puppy is imprinted on fears
Try to avoid scaring your puppy during this period of time. All traumatic, scary or painful experiences will have an more lasting effect than if they had happened during any other episode in the puppy’s life. If you have to go to the vet’s, make this experience the most fun and positive possible. Bring a toy and some treats, if this experience becomes negative you might end up with a dog that is scared of the vetenarian for the rest of it’s life.

13 – 16 weeks
The puppy cuts the umbilical cord
During this period of time, your puppy will start to challenge the leadership. It is extremly important to decline hard play and all other forms of domination from the puppy. It is important that you act as a very strong and constistent leader. Focus more on your obedience training now, if you havenä’t started yet, now is high time to do so.

4 – 8 months
Obstinate age
The puppy will now start to ignore you. It is important to walk your puppy on the leash during this period of time. The way you handle and train your dog now will determine how well he later on will come when called. At the age of about 4,5 months your puppy will start to lose it’s milk teeth and the permanent ones will start to grow out. Now, the chewing will start for real, so it is a good idea to provide a lot of things the pup is allowed to chew on (differend kinds of chewing toys such as kong and even chewing bones). Keep in mind that the puppy’s teeth won’t have grown properly into the jar bone untill it is 6 – 10 month old. Untill then you puppy will have a big urge to chew.

6 – 14 months

The dog shows now fear of new and familiar situations. The dog may be reluctant to approach someone or something. It is important that you act calm and objective in these situations. Never force the dog to be confronted with situations. DO NOT CLAP THE DOG OR TALK WITH SOOTHING TO HIM! THE DOG CONSIDERS THIS TO BE CREDIT TO BE AFRAID. Training helps the dog to build confidence, make the training easy so that the dog never fails. During this period it is advisable to neuter the dog if you had planned on doing so.

1 – 4 years
The dog matures
You may experience altitude aggression in your dog and that it tests the leadership again. Continue training during this time period.