Puppy Rearing – Where Puppies are Raised Defines Their Behavior

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The first few weeks of a puppy’s life matters so much — whatever they experience will profoundly affect their behavior in adult life. There is a way to make sure that a puppy grows up to become a friendly, sociable pet — by ensuring puppy rearing happens in an indoor kennel where it can easily interact with a family, as opposed to an outdoor one.

So before purchasing a puppy, ask yourself this question, between outdoor and indoor puppy kennel, where should puppies be raised?

A study conducted in January 2020 comparing the behavior of puppies raised in indoor kennels with those raised in outdoor ones, which included 264 puppies from 21 different breeds. It was published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

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Findings from this study suggest that the puppies reared indoors were better suited and more prepared to live with a human family.

Puppies that were not raised indoors and around people grew to exhibit submissive behavior patterns. These patterns include a low capability to cope with novelty and likeliness to act aggressively.

Even though this study shows the difference in character between these puppies, it doesn’t show what causes them. In other words, it doesn’t say exactly what in these two environments causes them to behave the way they do when they grow up.

This study compared different dog breeds raised in both indoor and outdoor kennels. In both cases, the breeders chose the breed and the environment to raise the puppies. However, the difference between their behavior is caused by either the breed of these dogs or their breeders themselves.

Questions to Ask Breeders

Before buying a puppy from a breeder, you should ask several questions about the breeding and rearing process. Among the things you should ask include how much time, in terms of interaction with human beings, the puppy got. It’s also good to know the sex, race, and age of those people.

Also, don’t forget to ask if they got to interact with other dogs other than their mom! Furthermore, ask whether the pups were exposed to grass, floors, wood, or carpet.

It is a good idea, as a prospective guardian, to know how the puppy was reared. For instance, whether the pups have been exposed to new sounds, toys, and objects, how much they are handled, and who feeds them.

This study has many benefits for future dog owners. One of them being: it increases your chances of getting a dog that you will enjoy living with.

From its finding, it is clear that you should get a puppy from a breeder who has raised the dog indoors. Like this it would be surrounded by family, rather than one reared in an outside kennel.

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