I've been learning about the two fear imprint phases for puppies. The first one is between 8-11 weeks while the second one is between 6-14 months. I didn't know about fear phases with my first two poodles. They grew up well socialized with no apparent trauma.
Now that I know about them. It made me curious if any of you have seen your puppy experience a fear phase? Was it obvious? I'm also learning not to coddle a puppy if they are in fear, but let them work through the situation in a safe way. I've read that since we give praise and love for things we accept, when we coddle them in a fear situation, the puppy can see it as our acceptance of their fear. I don't know if I said that right. It's taken me awhile to get my head around that one. I think I am starting to understand.
Any recommendations on what you do if your puppy is experiencing fear of new situations that could cause long term trauma? I want to socialize my puppy and don't want to be too overprotective during her most developmental months. I do want to be supportive in a way she understands.