Critical Periods in the Development of Social Behavior in Puppies

  title={Critical Periods in the Development of Social Behavior in Puppies},
  author={J. P. Scott},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  • J. P. Scott
  • Published 1 January 1958
  • Biology
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
Summary The existence of a critical period for the establishment of primary social relationships is a well‐established phenomenon in social animals. This paper has dealt with the physical and hereditary basis of the critical period in the dog. Normal social development in the puppy can be divided into several periods based on changes in social relationships. Several of these may be critical, but the most important is that of primary socialization, beginning about 3 weeks of age. The beginning… 

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