In the domestication process, the dog is inserted in the human conviviality, for that, it is extremely necessary that it is socialized, so that it can interact with human beings in a coherent way and socially it accepts. When being socialized, the dog starts to have a harmonicer relationship with his human family.
Considering that most of the attacks happens in family contexts and commonly they are addressed people and friends, the socialization becomes a more significant need. Through the socialization process, the dog doesn’t attack a known child when she invades his territory for not identifying her nor as threat, nor as prey.
The phase of the life that is going from eight to sixteen weeks a critical point is considered in the emotional development of the dogs. In that phase, the dog learns with very more easiness and in a more intense and durable way what is safe or not for him.
Dogs that until the 16 weeks they don’t have contact with people pass behaving as savages, what turns him unable to learn simple commands of training.
The process of primary socialization is characterized by the positive presentation to the nestling (8-16 weeks) of all the controllable factors that will be part of his life. Those controlled factors are: people of different ages, toys and objects.
Source: CFMV Magazine
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati