What age is the fear stage in puppies? Puppies will generally experience their first fear period around 8–11 weeks. Coincidentally, this fear period happens right around the time they are coming home and adjusting to a new family, and starting to explore the world.
How do I deal with my puppy’s fear phase? Fear should be handled with patience and kindness. Allow him to retreat and try again from a distance where he feels comfortable. Praise positive behavior. Additionally, routine training during this period can help set him up for success.
Do puppies grow out of being scared? Myth: A 6 week old puppy who is showing signs of shyness will outgrow that shyness as he gets older. Fact: Probably not. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not normal for a puppy to be shy at 6-8 weeks of age. It is something that – as a general rule – they will not outgrow.
How long do fear periods last in dogs? The fear imprint period, 8 to 11 weeks: Because they are learning so fast and so profoundly, a traumatic encounter at this stage can have life-long repercussions. So do not push them in at the deep end, or you’ll be paying for it the rest of the dog’s life.