How would it feel to have seven years crammed into one? Would you be able to have meaningful relationships and memories? I don’t know if humans could, but dogs seem to have the ability to accelerate their life.
I do know a dog that was sprayed three times in two years by a skunk! It seems that humans would have learned this lesson either from another person advising you to stay away or by getting sprayed only once.
Puppies get to run, jump, get into, knock over, chew-chew-chew, hide, eat, take shall I go on?
In that first year they do learn. If they have brothers and sisters, they have to get to the dinner plate first or the siblings will latch on to Mom first and get a full belly. When they get adopted, they have to learn their name, stay, sit, beg, speak, roll over, don’t bark, gimme paw and a few other commands.
Humans bring home special artwork from Kindergarten; bird dogs bring home birds, beagles bring home: moles, mice, bunnies … Other pups will retrieve balls, sticks, whatever you throw. Other pups won’t retrieve at all.
Think of all that we learn in seven years, and we learn it from our own species. Now think how smart a dog must be to learn all that he does about himself. How can we explain their innate behavior/ instinct. How could you know and why is he thinking, I want to chase that stick and take it back to my human friend. Amazing!