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Puppies – Are they really a clean slate?

One of the main reasons people choose to get puppies over rescue dogs is because they are seen as a clean slate, but are they really?

One of the main reasons people choose to get puppies over rescue dogs is because they are seen as a clean slate (I know there are many other reasons, Im not discussing these here). A dog that hasn’t learnt any of the unwanted behaviours we presume will come with rescues. BUT today I want to make you aware of how tangled this thought process is.

The most important time in a puppy’s life is the first 9 weeks. During this time they go through lots of changes which can mould the dog they will become. These early weeks mixed with genetics can greatly influence the dog you will have later down the line.

When you pick up a puppy, they are not a clean slate. They are a living being that has genetic influences and has spent 8 weeks developing their own personality and view of the world around them. When you pick up your puppy, your job is to continue providing learning experiences to help continue to shape who they will become. BUT please be aware that you’re continuing this process and not starting it. If your puppy has had a less than ideal first 9 weeks or less than ideal genetic influence, your puppy will be no better than your view of the dogs that sit patiently in rescue kennels.

People have many reasons as to why they get a puppy over a rescue but please rethink the ‘clean slate’ option, its so far from the truth.

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