All behavior has a communication background. Basic types include destructive, non destructive, or nuisance types. Most common behavior problems reported in dogs and cats are aggression and elimination problems. Diagnosis can take a long time. Adequate history must be taken. related to health, breed, socialization, basic taining. Reproductive status may have a huge effect. The earlier they are seen for a problem the better.
- 0-12 days, response to warmth, touch, smell. Can't regulate elimination
13-20 days, Eyes and ears are now open, sight and hearing is limited, may wag tail, starts to control elimination and other body functions
21-28 days, can hear and see well, learning who and what they are, need a stable environmen
21-49 days, interacting with littermates and mother, species specific behaviors, aware of difference between them and humans, separation before 8 weeks may be traumatic
7-12 weeks, best time to send to a new home, brain at adult level, ready to learn simple commands, ready for bonding and gentle discipline, do ot shatter confidence.
8-11 weeks, avoid frightening them, introduce other humans under supervision, all learning is now permanent, great time to introduce other animals
13-16 weeks, chew time, begin to test dominance and leadership, discourage biting using positive reinforcement.
flight instinct period
4-8 months, act deaf when called, be sure to praise more than shame, teething at it's worst.
second fear impact
6-14 months, seen sooner in smaller dogs, fear of situations, careful not to reinforce fear, careful not to reinforce bad behavior, lot's of patience.
1-4 years, average at 1-1.5, giant breeds may go longer than 4, renewed testing of leadership, don't allow for challenges.
basis for behavioral development
dogs, cats, and humans go through critical periods of mental and social development, mishaps at any stage may affect the animal, age of development may vary with the breed