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Bonding with your dog

By jim Published: April 30, 2009

People often insist that the new dog they adopt must come to them in puppyhood in order to bond with the family. The confusion over this idea comes from a study, often borne out by real-life experience, that puppies who do not have any human handling at all during a critical socialization period will grow up with poor socialization skills or sometimes no ability to bond with a human.

What people don't understand, though, is that the human in the puppy's early life does not have to be you. It's the ABILITY to bond that is formed through this early experience. Dogs routinely form new bonds with humans at all stages of life.

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