Positive socialization experiences are so important if you want your little one
to enjoy a lifetime of confident, friendly communication with the
world around him. Get the info. you need here.
You want your puppy to see the world as a friendly place, and the people and animals he shares it with as his friends.
To make sure this happens, it's important to introduce him to as many new and different people, sights, sounds, smells and situations as possible... and as early as is safe and practical.
Puppy socialization helps build confident, friendly puppies who mature into well-behaved, calm and sociable dogs.
To help you learn how to socialize your puppy, I've put together a list of the different kinds of people, places and objects to include in your regular daily routines and outings.
It's a good idea to start your puppy socialization program by aiming to meet one new person every day.
Dogs aren't very good at generalization, and your little guy won't necessarily recognize a very tall man with a hat as being of the same species as a short lady wearing a dress!
Someone who looks different to the other people he is used to seeing, may be perceived as threatening or scary.
Make sure your pup has positive experiences with all of these:
An important part of puppy socialization is getting your pup to feel comfortable in strange or unfamiliar surroundings.
If Fido only ever spends time in your home or yard, a trip to Petsmart (or even to the veterinarian's office) can be scary for him.
Once your puppy has had all his
, try to make a trip to one of the following places (or any others you
can think up) a regular part of your puppy socialization program :
There's not enough room here to list all the places you can visit when you're taking your puppy out-and-about, but the above list has a few good ideas to get you started.
Also, use your imagination and make the most of your particular environment.
More great chances for puppy socialization also exist here.....
There are many things, or objects, that you should introduce your pupppy to as an important part of his socialization experiences.
Some you'll find in your own home or yard, others you'll need to go out looking for!:
Your puppy's socialization program is limited only by your imagination and environment.
Have fun thinking of all the exciting things you can do with your puppy, and be sure to give her plenty of treats and praise whenever she reacts with confidence in a new situation, or when faced with new people or objects.
Whenever you're out and about with little Fido on your puppy socialization adventure, remember these few points :
Above all, I hope this checklist helps you to have fun with your puppy!
Socialization exercises are a great way to build and strengthen
the relationship between you and your puppy, and your hard work will be
rewarded when your pup matures into a confident, happy adult dog that you're
proud to be seen with!
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