Monday, July 09, 2007

Fear Imprinting

Some time between eight and ten weeks, puppies go through a fear-imprint period,(also here) where they can really develop bizarre fears of things, people, or situations if they are scared or hurt. You have to be very careful that they aren't frightened or traumatized during this period.

I've been telling everyone this -- be gentle, don't frighten them, be careful that new things are introduced slowly, that sort of thing.

And then I managed to shut Rowan's head in the back door. It's didn't slam or anything, but it definitely swung shut on his head. I took them out at 3am to pee and then on the way back in, he darted into the doorway when I was shutting the door.

He's fine, but I feel like an idiot!

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