In general, the socialization period for dogs is from about three to twelve weeks old.
Lack of socialization during this time period can result in dogs who are frightened of “the new”: people, places, objects, and activities.
Usually, dogs that are handled and petted by humans regularly during their first eight weeks of life, and have visited several places, plus met other dogs, those dogs make the best pets.
But Wolfee had been missing some important experiences in her socialization period:
Although Wolfee was protected and sheltered by the sheep, she was on her own when it came to finding meat.
So for a few days, I spend some hours “hanging out” with Wolfee and the sheep, and I brought along some doggie food for her.
She enjoyed it thoroughly, and although her best friend, the buck, was curious about the food, obviously he didn’t like it.
After a few days, I was able to catch Wolfee.
She quickly settled down and adjusted to her new living environment, where she loves to sleep on a bareback pad from sheepskin.
In the previous video, Wolfee was 5 weeks old, and in this picture she’s 11 weeks old:
A few days before we took this picture, her mother and brother were rehomed, and also the horse went to another place.
So Wolfee started to hang out and bond with the family of sheep.
In the middle of the winter, we were not looking for a dog, but Wolfee crossed our path.
Wolfee – the blond dog in the video below – was born on December 2 in a nest of three (we discovered this once we adopted her).
In January, her mother, one brother, and Wolfee were housed in a field of one of the farmers who live here in the village.
For a while, they lived together with a calm horse and some lovely sheep:
Now, the field is on the other side of the road on which our house is located, so we heard the dogs barking and playing.
That’s how we discovered them, and we made a little video – not knowing that we filmed our future dog:
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