posted on Sep, 2 2012 @ 11:24 PM
It's important when you first get your human to begin "training" as soon as possible, as the older your human get's the harder it will be to fix
any behavioral issues.
When human's are young, they learn very much and what is learned has a lasting impact. All human's, regardless of race, pass through various stages
as they grow and develop, physically, mentally, and psychologically.
Psychologists use the term "critical period" to describe a specific time in a babies life when certain experiences have a lasting effect upon their
psychological development. Understanding these critical periods and stages of development will better help you to understand your baby's behavior and
how to handle him during these special times. Additionally, babies benefit greatly when their owners understand their development.
During the Toddler period babies venture into the surrounding environment. This emergence from the family is a gradual and continual learning
experience. During this stage of development babies learn basic behavioral patterns specific to humans.
While playing, they practice different body postures, learning what the postures mean and how they affect their mother and siblings. They learn what
it is like to chew on things, what crying and other vocalizations mean and how to make and use them to establish social relationships with other
babies or the Mother. Such learning and activity tempers their own chewing & crying. From the age of five months, the mother teaches her baby basic
manners. They learn to be submissive to her leadership and what behaviors are acceptable. If necessary, she growls, yells, or smacks them as a form of
discipline. When weaning the baby, for instance, the mother will discipline her baby so that it will leave her alone. Because the mother disciplines
them in a way that they clearly understand, after a few repetitions, the baby will respond to a mere glare from her. If a baby has not learned to
accept leadership (and discipline) in its early interactions with adults, its development will be more difficult.
Babies that are removed from the nest too early tend to be nervous, more prone to behavioral issues, and less responsive to discipline. Often they
will become aggressive with other humans. Generally speaking, a baby taken away from it's mother and family before 2-3 years of age, may not realize
its full potential as a human and companion. To maximize the mental and psychological development of babies, they must remain in the family with their
mother and father until early adulthood (18 years).
Socialization Period (8 - 17 years) It is at this age that rapid learning occurs. At 8, kids can learn a vast amount of knowledge, and what they learn
will have a lasting impact. Everything he comes in contact with will make a lasting impression upon him as it never will again. Not only will he
learn, but, he will learn whether he is taught or not. Though he has a short attention span, what things he learns are learned permanently and
resistant to change. Therefore, Parents need to be careful about what their children are learning at this time.
Your child is very anxious to learn how you want him/her to behave and react, and he/her needs to be shown what is expected of him/her in his/her new
role as your son/daughter. There are rules you will expect your child to obey. Establish those rules NOW while behaviors are easy to establish. For
instance, how your child interacts with you is determined during the teen years. What he/she does now is what he/she will likely do later. So, don't
allow your child to do things which will be unacceptable when he or she becomes an adult. During this time, you and your child will also begin to know
and understand each other. You will get to know about your childs particular temperament and personality - whether he/she is strong-willed or eager to
please, gentle or rambunctious, shy or outgoing, and just what else makes him/her the endearing individual that he/she is.
For the teenager, this is both an exciting and somewhat confusing time. There is a whole new world of things to learn about and all sorts of new
experiences to digest. Teenagers must now learn a new set of rules. He/she needs to know learn how to interact with other humans and animals who live
with them. Teens must adapt to the patterns and tenor of their homes. All of these experiences and the behaviors which accompany them, must be
learned. Because you will impose such important demands on your teenager, you must help him to make the transition into the adult environment.
You need to lay a groundwork for a trusting, happy mutually satisfying relationship. Keep in mind that teens are less likely to broaden their
experiences if they are insecure. In natural environments, teens approach new things cautiously. By giving your teen brief, repeated experiences in
new situations, you give them a chance to become familiar. If you don't expose your teen to a variety of situations and new environments,
inappropriate ways to adapt may be learned. During the teenage period, there is a fear imprint period from 8 - 11 years. During this time, any
traumatic, painful or frightening experiences will have a more lasting impact on your child than they would if they occurred at any other time. An
unpleasant trip to the dentist, for instance, at this time could forever make your child apprehensive about dentists. To avoid this, take some treats
and a toy with you. While you wait, play with your teen and offer him treats. Have your dentist give your child treats along with lots of praise
before and after the examination. Avoid elective surgeries, such as root canals or fillings during this time. In general, avoid stressful
To become acceptable companions, they need to interact with you, your family, and other adults and children during the Teenage Period. Teens that are
denied socialization during this critical period often become unpredictable because they are fearful or aggressive. It is during this time, that your
teen needs to have positive experiences with other people. Therefore, you need to socialize and teach your child how to interact with people and other
teenagers in a positive, non-punitive manner. You should gradually introduce your teen to new things, environments, and people. But, care must be
taken in socializing your teen with other teens or in areas where many "unknown" teens frequent, prior to the time that your child has had it's
vaccinations against contagious diseases. Shopping centers, parks, and playgrounds are good places to expose him. Begin by taking your teenager when
there are few distracters. Give them time to get used to new places. Make sure he/she is secure. If you have other teens that visit only occasionally,
have your teen meet other teens as often as you can. If you live alone, make an effort to have friends visit you, especially members of the opposite
sex so that your teen will become accustomed to them. This is very important if you wish your teen to feel comfortable around the ladies later on in
They may become very interested in the opposite sex, tend to roam, and certainly not interested in listening to you! Some males pup's at this age
become totally unruly. In females, adolescence is marked by the onset of the heat cycle, estrus. During this three week period, your puppy could
become pregnant. So, keep her away from all males dogs.