Dog Training – Fear Repression Period

Between eight and twelve weeks there is a period called the “Fear pressure period”. During this time, any particularly frightening or painful experience will leave a lasting impression rather than occurring at another time in your dog’s life. If the experience is too traumatic, it can literally ruin your dogs life.

You should avoid exposing your dog to traumatic experiences during this time. For example, if operations such as ear cropping are to be performed, it should be performed before 8 weeks or after 11 weeks. Also, when you take your dog to the vet, have the doctor give him a treat before doing any examinations to make the vet visit an enjoyable experience. Although you should stay away from any stressful situation, continue to train your dog in a positive way.

In the first year of its growth, you may experience fear responses from time to time. Do not respond by dragging him towards the object he is afraid of. In fact, don’t comfort or pet him. This is because he thinks you are encouraging his reaction and behavior.

All you have to do is distract the dog with another toy or a reward, and try to distract the dog from the frightening object and redirect it to something pleasant. Practice some of the commands she was taught so she can focus on a positive experience. After about two weeks or less, this fearful behavior will disappear.

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