Features November 2013 Issue

Optimizing Your Puppy's Brain

This litter of Weimaraner puppies was moved into this large pen full of stimulating toys and other objects at 26 days old. Photo by Linda Hartheimer, Greyhart Weimaraners, Saddle River, New Jersey.

Optimizing Your Puppy's Brain

The science and art of optimizing baby canine brains.

Cute is not the first word you reach for when describing newborn puppies. Born unable to hear or see, with smushed-in faces and twitchy little bodies, they look for all the world like diminutive aliens. Detached and distant visitors from another planet, they are in their own orbit, seeking only warmth, milk, and the rough caress of their mother’s tongue. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth.

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