Have you heard the old saying that one human year of life is the equivalent of seven dog years? Most of us have and have readily believed it but I’ve got some news for you…it’s totally Wrong! Let me clarify.
In case you didn’t know…A human and a dog are totally different biological creatures and should not be compared with each other in terms of longevity. As humans we tend to over-think things and usually fall into thinking subjectively on most subjects. That aside let’s just assume for the sake of this article that we did compare the longevity and growth rate of dogs vs. humans. Let’s take a closer look at how the accelerated growth rate of our pups (in comparison with a human’s growth rate) can really make or break training and behavioral development.
It takes 1 year to raise a good dog but you’ve got 18 years to try and raise a respectable human! Let me tell you, dogs are easier! (Personally I have and am raising both dogs and children) In my day-to-day business of successfully training and behaviorally modifying owners’ habits and their dogs I see many dogs that still act much younger than how they could or should be acting at the age they are at. Is your dog presenting bad or unsocial or rude behaviors that could be or should have been done away with by six months of age? For many of you out there the answer is sadly, Yes.
Year one: puppy goes from the human equivalent of newborn to one-year-old to human equivalent of 15-17 years!
In the pups first year they are transformed from newborn to toddler and from toddler right to what would be the human equivalent of an older teenager ready to breed and looking for independence and responsibility! The growth rate is astronomical! If you have a small breed dog the transformation happens even faster because they simply do not have as much growing physically to do. Please, never forget behaviorally speaking that the brain and body of your dog are so much more closely linked and functioning together than our own imagining, time-traveling human brains. There’s another saying that we as humans think of our bodies as, “a vehicle that brings our brains to meetings.” All animals know better though. They go through life richly connected to their senses and are contented and happy with the simple pleasures. They are always alive to the moment. If we miss critical training and behavioral lessons as well as the all important socialization factor at early stages we are doing our new pups great harm!
Year two: Teenager pup can add another 10 human years of growth!
Take advantage of the time. Take action today! Get your dog or pup outside and socialized. If you can’t due to behavioral issues that are too great to handle and you’ve been doing the, “Let me put the dog away.” when you have guests, or the classic, “I’ll just cross to the other side of the street when I’m out walking my dogs because they go crazy.” or even worse, “I’ll walk my dog at 3:00 a.m. so we don’t run into any dogs or people!” You are shrinking your dogs social circle and time is working against you! (Helpful Suggested Reading: my blog- thecaninecalmer.wordpress.com please Subscribe, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen) You are literally exacerbating the dog or pup’s issues and you are running out of time!
(If you already have a dog older than 2 and they have behavioral issues please understand normal training, group classes, obedience training, agility, schutzhund, herding, et cetera will NOT help your dog get over their anxiety, their aggression, their fear, or whatever other crazy, unsocial or rude behavioral patterns they are presenting…all that training will only add frivolous tricks to the equation and cost you plenty of money. Instead of going that route seek out real help based in calmness and how dog’s move, think, and act in the environment and space around them.
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