Generally, the impossibility of the mother to feed all the litter is used as a strong argument to set apart determined exemplars for the benefit of the rest of the litter. That is why it is advisable to turn to artificial animal feed always that you keep the pup near the mammary glands of the mother during the ingestion of the nursing bottle, and without loosing the contact with the litter while doing so. At this phase, the pups must not be separated from the mother until the stages have been fulfilled.
If this is not done in a proper way, the pup will be unable to interact with otherin an appropriate way. Then, it is possible that at the first contact, and for not knowing how the rules go, negative situations may come up, mainly aggression that will greatly mark the future conduct when encountering other .
In extreme cases, the success of the previously mentioned situations can make the dog show aggressive reactions so as to defend himself when encountering other.
In the same way, and because nothing can substitute the early stages experiences, it is the breeders or owners job to develop a way to teach him the proper way to behave or at least how it should act. Supervising these experiences in a controlled way and developing them in a progressive way to prevent the pup from having a trauma. If one does it this way, the pups will be, in the future, balanced exemplars, fully integrated to its environment that won't cause any more problems than the necessary. It will be fundamental for the pups to have contact with different people coming not only from its inner circle: the breeder or the owner and their relatives, acquaintances and others. This means that they will have contact with all sorts of people; from children to old adults, short and tall, slim and fat, or nice and ugly people. People that are dressed with all kinds of different clothes, etc. All in all, they must be exposed to every type of people, the more the better, to be exposed to all kinds of experiences that may become normal in the future.
We must take advantage of their early age. At an early age they are more eager to discover than to be suspicious about everything that is new for them. By proceeding this way you will be vaccinating the dog against fear, and you will possess an exemplar that will have little possibilities of presenting, in the future, aggressive responses when having to defend himself not only against other, but also from strange people. Or well by not having to come across any similar situation.
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