Tuesday, March 2, 2010

T-C Pups Day 47: Puppy Play

Lots of chew toys for those sharp, razor-like puppy teeth.
Puppy play and socialization are very important parts of the pups development. They are currently in the Curiosity Period, (5-7 weeks) of the Socializaiton period which lasts from 5-16 weeks. The pups want to climb, crawl, investigate and taste everything. The pups have the lowest fear now and are attracted to and accept people. We have visitors on an almost daily basis, introducing the pups to all kinds of people.
The more chances a puppy has to be exposed to something new during this period, the less bothered it will be throughout its life when confronted with new or scary things.
The pups play includes growling, chasing, wrestling and "kill" games. They love to stalk each other from behind the crate.
You can see the increased mobility and agility of the pups. They also use their teeth quite bit and may seem rough to an outsider, but this teaches the pups bite inhibition.
Stimulating toys, such as those that move, bounce, make unusual noises and have various textures, are great for the pups.

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