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Many dog breeders think that they are doing an excellent job if they hand over healthy, purebred puppies between six and eight weeks old. However, if the puppy hasn't been properly socialized, then its behavior will be affected for the rest of its life.
The first eight weeks are crucial to the life long worldview, or perspective, of a puppy. During those first few weeks, a puppy learns to regard humans as either essential or nonessential to their happiness. They learn to be submissive, or to ignore the wishes of humans.


This is just the beginning of an excellent article on the importance of human contact and socialization during the first few weeks of a puppy's life. It's not written about Maltese so it deals with the first 8 weeks instead of 12, but it's still full of important information for anyone looking for a puppy or having problems training a dog they already have.

Here's a link to the entire article:

http://www.tanagersongfarm.com/irish_terri...uppysocial.html
 
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