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Anyone ever heard of this? I'm really interested in learning more about how dogs minds work, and I have a friend who I seem to have daily conversations about this with. We were talking today how whether or not it there is such a thing as too early to start training or socializing. What do you think?
 

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Socializing, no. . .people raising a litter need to handle the newborn pups daily so they get used to being handled by humans. That should continue as they grow.

For training, that depends what you mean. Using aversives on a young puppy won't turn out well, and any formal training is likely to be frustrating as well. But gentle guidance, luring, anything that the puppy thinks is fun is great. Never too early for that.
 

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Yes they can learn but they are silly/immature rascals as they should be. The big problem is when they don't do what a new owner expects them to do there is trouble in the home.
 

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Never too early to train or socialise, but everything should be age appropriate. E.g. you don't do advanced obedience with an 8 week old puppy, you'd only work on really basic things like sit/stays, settle on your bed, recalls etc, and you keep training sessions really short and the criteria easy.
 

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Thanks for the answers. I do something similar with the foster kittens we've had. I have a very good momma cat, she has only had one of her own litter (not by my choice) but is currently raising her 4th. (we usually have to bottle feed for the first week we have them, but she potties and cleans, and after the first week or so she starts to produce milk for them. This is why she isn't fixed) She is very comfortable with people handling any of her babies, so we usually have a couple new people a week come in and play wit the kittens. We also introduce them to loud noises, dogs, kids, etc and once they are old enough (about 7 weeks for short trips) they go for short car rides to friends houses and the local pet food store for socialization. I've just never really heard of people with pups doing lots of this desensitizing to everything, at least not at the age we do it or the extensiveness, but you can tell that it makes a huge difference in the temperaments of the cats. Most people who we have kept in contact with that have adopted them have called them dog-cats lol. Just wondering if the same was done with dogs :)
 

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A good breeder/foster carer does socialise their puppies. My puppy came from a foster carer and she had people and kids over all the time to handle him, and he grew up around many other dogs and cats.

Good breeders expose their puppies to noises and novel objects from an early age, and handle them extensively. I wouldn't buy from any breeder that didn't.
 

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A good breeder/foster carer does socialise their puppies. My puppy came from a foster carer and she had people and kids over all the time to handle him, and he grew up around many other dogs and cats.

Good breeders expose their puppies to noises and novel objects from an early age, and handle them extensively. I wouldn't buy from any breeder that didn't.
Well of course. But starting at day #1 or 2?
 

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Good breeders start handling pretty early. I don't know that much about breeding, but I'd say within days.

Oh, and good on you for socialising kittens properly :)
 

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Day one is perfect to handle the pups all over checking for any abnormalities. Every day exposing them to touching, different textures, noises, surfaces, you name it. Many will play CD s of gunfire for hunting pups, or LE dogs, gradually building noise tolerance. Having other people handle them helps as well. Taking them outside (or inside depending on where they are whelped) gets them) used to all the sight and smells. You can also imprint scents for detection work at a very young age. Makes a big difference in dogs handled this way as small pups.
 

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Day one is perfect to handle the pups all over checking for any abnormalities. Every day exposing them to touching, different textures, noises, surfaces, you name it. Many will play CD s of gunfire for hunting pups, or LE dogs, gradually building noise tolerance. Having other people handle them helps as well. Taking them outside (or inside depending on where they are whelped) gets them) used to all the sight and smells. You can also imprint scents for detection work at a very young age. Makes a big difference in dogs handled this way as small pups.
That's very cool about the scent detection! I was reading online last night about a border collie trainer who works with his pups from day one, it was very interesting... I'll see if I can find it again :)
 

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Yes, scented towels work good, as soon as they begin soft food, placing it under the bowl associates the scent with good things. By 4 weeks, when the show interest in the small puppy tugs, those can be placed in bags with odor, and soon they know that scent brings FUN games!

Its so cute when you see the little faces light up and tails wagging when they get the scent after a few times, they instantly start looking for the toy lol.
 

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