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The Dangers of Dog Food

A few years back my dogs were dying of different forms of cancer and all four died at a very young age. It was devastating and from this experience I decided to find out why my dogs health was so poor. As I did my research I found out that a lot of the dog foods sold in America had poor ingredients. So I decided to find healthier dog foods and find out if my newest dogs would be healthier. Turns out 10 years later that my dogs are in really good health due to changing their dog food. Recently, I read an interesting article on dog foods in America at Reviews.com and was so impressed that I wanted to post the Http address so others could read this valuable article. I highly suggest that all dog owners read this article it will be helpful when selecting the best dog food for your dog. Please go to Http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/ and read this very information article on dog food.

The Dogs Early Learning Development

The concept of “critical periods” in the emotional development of the dog is a well documented one. Dogs that are denied human contact until they are over 12 weeks of age seldom make good companions. Somewhere in that time span is the “critical period” during which dogs can be socialized to another species, us. Research into critical periods in the development of the dog’s mind has been carried out since the early 1960’s. In 1961, the magazine Science published the results of the most elaborate and definitive experiment that had been carried out to that date, a report that concluded that socialization in dogs, the ability to learn to live compatibly with dogs and with us ends at 12 weeks of age and that the most critical period was 6 to 8 weeks of age.
Later on, in 1967, Science published again on the subject. The magazine reported Scott and Fuller’s work which showed that pups raised in completed isolation to 7 weeks of age could still recover completely and become socially normal. They also reported that outside contacts as infrequent as twice a week and for only twenty minutes each time were enough to ensure normal development as long as these outside contacts occurred in the critical period between 4 and 12 weeks.
Out of this and other research came the concept of the first critical period, this lasts from birth to 12 weeks of age, in the development of the dog’s mind. It was divided up this way:
1. Neonatal period:                              0 to 2 weeks
2. Transitional period:                        2 to 4 weeks
3. Socialization period :- to dogs        4 to 6 weeks
                                        – to humans   4 to 12 weeks Read More