First I will tell you the stages of a dog and then we will discuss all of it with goods and bads so you can decide if you will adopt a puppy, an adult or a senior dog.
Stage 1: Neonatal - 0-2 weeks
Stage 2: Transitional - 2-4 weeks
Stage 3: Social - 3-12 weeks
Stage 4: Hierarchical - 3-6 months
Stage 5: Teenage - 6-18 months
Stage 6: Adult - 2-3 years
Stage 7: Senior - 5-10 years
Dogs are not on a quest for world domination. They are not socialized wolves who are constantly striving to be ‘top dog’ over us, and they are not hard-wired to try and control every situation.
Contrary to what traditional training ideologies and much modern media would have you believe, most canine behavior problems stem from insecurity and/or a desire to seek and maintain safety and comfort – not from a desire to establish higher rank and be the ‘alpha’ over you.