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Age Matters
Dogs are highly social creatures and during their time with their litter mates and mother, from about 3-4 weeks onwards, they learn to play intensively with one another learning social rules that they will need in adulthood.    Their first social contact with people will usually take place here and providing they have been in contact from the about 5 weeks, they will usually approach people confidently forever after.  If no contact with people has occurred from 9 weeks, the puppy is likely to be cautious, however, if it has had no contact with people until fourteen weeks old, it is likely to be very fearful and could be so for the rest of its life.

Stressed Out!
There are many signs that a dog might be under stress but one of the most common signs is yawning.   Often the dog will tuck its chin into the chest and yawn more intensely and more often than normal.   This can be accompanied by exaggerated yawning noises when the dog is excited about something for example, if it’s just about to be taken out for a walk.  Of course, if the dog is just about to settle down and go to sleep, the yawn at that point is just a yawn!

You are what you eat!
What you feed your dog can have a direct result on its behaviour.  I recently cured a case of an over-excited West Highland Terrier dog of most of his unwanted behaviours by suggesting to the owner that at 3 years old, he should no longer be on puppy food!  They changed his diet to an adult food and most of the unwanted behaviour ceased over-night.

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