Development of Individuality
This is a continuation of last blog. It is important people understand that animals are no different from humans and suffer, grieve, grow up the same way. So much cruelty is inflicted on animals it makes me angry and ill so I want to educate humans on the fact that we are animals, and when someone calls a psychopath "an animal" it is irrational because only humans cause pain for pleasure.
It is very common for guardians to have very severe misconceptions about early growth. Only good breeder understand, because we are keen on observing our dogs' develpment but most people have no idea of the extraordinary development of a puppy.
The birth of a litter signals an opportunity to observe the passage of a totally dependent puppy into a a fully mature dog, capable of true companionship, loyalty, devotion. If you have the the good fortune of such companionshiop you will no doubt understand how life enhancing this is. What you may not realize is the the seeds of this capacity are planted very early in your dog's life, well before the dog has been placed in you home. The development of a puppy is not an automatic process that takes place precisesly the same way in each dog. Rather it is a dynamic unfolding of life, which, while following general patterns, reflects the subtle and ultimately mysterious interaction of three facts: type of breed, genetic makeup and environmental influence. The results of this blending produce the wide variety of canine personalities. This is why raising puppies defies routine: each puppy, like humans, is unique; each an individual.
This insight is the heart of what has become the most authoritative sudies on dog behaviour, Genetic and the Social Behaviour of the Dog by Drs. John L. Fuller and John Paul Scott. When these ment began their research in Bar Harbor, Maine, on the effects of heredity on humqn behaviour, they chose the dog as the subject of their work precisely because, like human beings, they show high level of individualities. Although their pincipal interest was in understanding why human beings behave they way they do, they believed that by studying the parallel development of dogs, they could make observations that would be of value in raising chidren in our society. Their research helped distinguish the important relationships that exists between genetics, early experience and adult behaviour. Further , it illuminated as well the process of how a dog becomes an individual, unique creature. This work provided a more comprehensive and accurate view of canine behaviour than had existed previously.
When you see the birth of each puppy, there is little to indicate what their personalities will be; however, at a week there are subtle indications of certain traits. It is an amazing process to watch these tiny beings grow physically and psychologically. Nurture and environment come into play, just like human babies, or any other mammal baby.
My babies are handled daily from birth and, in time, exposed to different elements. When they are older, about 4 weeks of age, we begin potty training, taking them out in a safe, enclosed area with astro turf, during winter, and out to the grass if the weather is not as cold. We have pet chickens and other beings and children come by to meet the puppies because who doesn't love puppies? All my puppies are socialized but still develop their own personalities. Some are a tad shy, others are more playful, some are extremely intelligent, others are very confident. But as a whole, they are a little bit of many things. When asked what personality does the Bolognese or Biewer or Royal Bolo Bi have, I answer :"Depends on the puppy". Yes, purebred dogs were bred for jobs such as retrieving, ratting, etc. but that is one element of his/her personality. When not working, purebred dogs, or mixed breeds, cannot be lumped as having the same personality because they are a Malinois or a Poodle. It would be like stating that all accountants have the same personality! All dogs have different personalities and can react differently to certain people or situations.
When a puppy goes to a new home, we outline to the new family how to make puppy feel happier because he is leaving his mother, siblings, and other family members, and it is a huge adjustment. All our puppies adapt quickly and learn their new surroundings and commands. It must always be positive reinforcement; violence is a huge mistake and does nothing except make the dog afraid of you, confused, and very unhappy.
If you have questions regarding your dog's behaviour, you can always email me questions and I, if I have the time, will answer as quickly as possible.