Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Puppy's Stage of Development at Eight to Twelve Weeks (2 – 3 months) of Age

Bichon Frises, like most puppies have different needs during certain stages of development in their lives. During the first eight to twelve weeks of their lives, Bichon puppies have a great need for their mom and litter family. It is such an important time in the puppy's development because the mom will teach the puppy a great deal during these first weeks. The puppies are usually with their mom for a minimum of eight to ten weeks to ensure proper nourishment and socialization with the family litter.

At eight weeks of age, the Bichon Frise puppies may be somewhat well socialized with each other. The Bichon puppies probably will have met some people other than the breeder. They will begin to develop their individual personalities.

One of your goals may be to have your puppy grow up and mature to be friendly, happy and very well-adjusted for their lifelong emotional well-being. Socialization is so important for your puppy. You will want them to feel comfortable in their new world.

It is helpful for puppies to learn how to cope with their environment, (which includes people, animals, places and things), in a healthy and positive way throughout their lifetime. You will want your Bichon puppy's socialization experiences to be positive.

A Bichon Frise puppy is usually very eager to explore their new environment. Puppyhood is an important period for your dog's development. Positive influence in the early weeks of the puppy's life can be very beneficial. The time before the Bichon puppy is 16 weeks old is an important developmental time period when he may be very receptive and influenced by his experiences. Praise and positive reinforcement are so important with socialization and training. Socialization begins on the day your puppy is born and continues for the rest of his life.