Over-mothered puppies more likely to fail Dog training: Study

Over-mothered puppies more likely to fail dog training: Study

Puppies that receive over-attention and extreme care from their mothers are more likely to fail successfully complete dog training program, a new study revealed.

A team of researchers at University of Pennsylvania studied puppies and were surprised to find that just 70 per cent of dogs that enter training were able to successfully complete it. They also found that over-mothered puppies were more likely to fail.

Dr. Emily Bray, lead author of the study, said, “It seems puppies need to learn how to deal with small challenges at this early age. If they don’t, it hurts them later.”

The first of its kind study involved nearly two dozen dogs, including German shepherds, and golden retrievers and labradors as well as their 98 newborn offspring — all bred as guide dogs and well cared for in dog salons.

Findings of the study are the latest to suggest the pitfalls of pampering or over parenting extends ¬beyond human beings.

The astonishing results of the new study published in the most recent edition of the journal PNAS.