What an innovative way to present canine developmental stages!
Development is evolution, growth, expansion, and progress. It is also, according the dictionaries which I found totally unhelpful, the action or process of developing.
The Stages of Canine Development (Scott & Fuller) is a super useful tool for anyone who works with dogs professionally, or any owner who really wants to learn more and have a deeper understanding of their dog. Reading through the various stages, it’s interesting enough, but it doesn’t really clarify the importance, the vital importance of each stage, in order to have a dog that is functional. By functional I am referring to a dog that is socially, emotionally, physically, and most likely spiritually sound. A dog that is comfortable in their own skin, is able to handle life gracefully and fully, and is behaviorally and physically balanced.
If a dog is raised, from conception, with optimal care, thoughtfulness, and consideration, the stack would look something like…
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