hell2breakfast Posted July 13, 2010 Report Share Posted July 13, 2010 in my work over the years with dogs/puppies I have learned it is difficult if not impossible train an un-socialized dog to do anything that didn't come hard-wired from the factory, such as service, schutzhund, show, or even basic obedience. Primarily because you are trying to "fix" something that isn't there to begin with. Its hard to teach a dog to be social if it were not raised around other beings in the CRITICAL developmental period between six and sixteen weeks of life.Likewise it is hard to tinker with the workings of a human brain that didn't develop normally during the first six to eighteen months of age. because those first experiences become the template from which all subsequent experiences will be interpreted by the dog or person...simply put; how do you rebake a cake???While my mother was a live human (unlike the wire mothers in the experiments) she was largely unavailable to me in that critical period. She was newly married to my step-father (who didn't work) and I remember many times when I would wake to the sound of the car engine and run after her in a panic, crying. Then my older brothers would slap or spank me to make me "dry up!"It wasn't that my mother was perposely neglectful, mean, etc...She was BUSYSole breadwinner, cook, house keeper, three older kids. New husband, etc. This is in addition to the fact that she was not all that great a mother to begin with (mind of a thirteen year-old?)Anyway, as a result of all this, I have never been able to trust anyone, have lived a mostly solitary life, and have always had an all-consuming need for female companionship but too fearful of rejection to even try to relate to them or anyone else really, and after a lifetime of counselling, drugs to correct a "Chemical imbalance", study and soul-searching I decided years ago to give it up and focus on educating the next generation so others might be spared a similar experience. Am I wrong? Are there treatments available to put back what was never there? if so, surely they are within the reach of only those with money....do I sound pessimistic??:cool: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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