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Putting the Social in Socialization

By Anna Bradley

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The goal of puppy socialization is to “convince the amygdala, that part of the puppy’s brain that reacts emotionally to his world that, in general, the best/most appropriate emotional responses are calm, relaxed and happy.” (Miller, 2014). Scott and Fuller (1965, cited by Overall (2013)) identified four main stages in a puppy’s development:
• Neonatal
• Transitional
• Socialization
• Juvenile
Of most significance in terms of behavioral development is this socialization period. Read article


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