The study of important times in a dog's life when intrinsic and extrinsic influences have the greatest impact on a dog's social and psychological development to maximize an individual's genetic potential. These include studying physical parameters, the development of body language, bonding, socialization, pack and play behavior, species-specific discipline, and normal behavioral changes throughout the dog's life. The course also covers puppy selection procedures designed to evaluate the temperament and personality of puppies for successful placement, and developing a puppy class curriculum.
Define the critical and sensitive periods of development of the dog, from birth to maturity.
Describe the parameters, characteristics and impact of each period with strategies for a dog reaching its genetic potential.
Discuss Nature versus Nurture: Identify the intrinsic and extrinsic influences on a dog's development—learned versus inherent behaviors, and the impact of the environment.
Perform Puppy Aptitude/Temperament Assessments to evaluate an individual puppy's inherent temperament and suitability for specific placement (family pet; special needs assistance; competitive dog sports, etc.)
Evaluate behavioral issues from the perspective of critical period deficiencies, and discuss strategies to overcome them.
Develop a curriculum for teaching puppy classes for ages 8 to 16 weeks.