Puppy Imprinting is the application of behavior analysis which uses the environmental events of antecedents & consequences to modify the behavior of a dog.
There are a variety of established methods of animals training, each with its adherents and critics. The common characteristics of successful methods are knowing the animal’s attributes and personality, accurate timing of reinforcement and consistent communication.
Puppy Imprinting is a response to cues or commands, or the performance of actions not necessarily natural to the dog, and also raising a dog accommodated to his environment by modifying natural digging, barking and eliminating behaviors. Dog training can be socialization to the domestic environment, basic obedience training or training for specialized activities including law enforcement, search and rescue, hunting etc.
When does it start?
Puppy imprinting is the period during which a puppy forms a personal bond or relationship and imprints it on someone.This is the period when animals start to really recognize other animals outside themselves. It’s also the time when communication really begins. With puppies the process is a little more complicated due to the fact that puppies are born blind and deaf. Puppies rely on their olfactory sense – their sense of smell, and to some degree their sense of touch. And the process occurs between the time they are three and eight weeks old.
Because of the dog’s special circumstances, the puppy imprinting stage can occur when the puppy is still with the mother but it also occurs at a time when the puppy is usually surrounded by humans, or at least one human who is taking care of the puppy’s needs.
If a puppy only interacts with one human during this time, it is possible that the puppy will only be able to identify one person as a friendly human and not understand that other humans are also friendly. The puppy won’t be able to generalize about all humans.
Fortunately, even if a puppy grows up only imprinting on humans, he will still be able to recognize other dogs as similar to himself. However, he will most likely lack the canine communication skills to be able to interact with the other dogs for some time.
If puppies did not have the ability to imprint on humans and form close bonds in the human world, it seems unlikely that humans would have been able to domesticate them.
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