Puppyhood is the most important
and critical time for your puppy's
What you do and not do right now
will affect your puppy's behavior
A properly socialized puppy grows
to a well behaved, good companion
dog. It is not frightened or aggressive
towards anyone or anything.
An un-socialized puppy will be
untrustworthy and an unwanted
liability. They often become fear-biters
and like to fight
with other dogs. They are
difficult to train and are generally
unpleasant to be around. Unsocialized
dogs cannot adapt to new situations
and a simple routine visit
to the vet is a nightmare
not only for the dog itself, but
also for everyone involved.
Don't let this happen to your
puppy. Start socializing your
new puppy NOW! Socialization most
easily occurs before the puppy
is 3 months old. Any later than
that and it becomes a difficult
and time-consuming process that
very few dog owners have the time,
energy, or money to cope with.
Make sure that each of the following
events are pleasant and non-threatening.
If your puppy's first experience
with something is painful and
frightening, you will be creating
a phobia that will often last
friends, healthy, vaccinated
dogs, and even cats to your
home to meet and play with your
new puppy. Take your puppy to
the homes of your friends.
- Carry your
puppy to shopping centers, parks,
school playgrounds, etc; places
where there are crowds of people
and plenty of activity.
- Take your puppy for short, frequent rides in
the car. NOT ONLY TO THE VET!
- Introduce your puppy to umbrellas, boxes, the
vacuum cleaner, etc. Encourage your puppy to explore and investigate
your puppy to brushing,
bathing, nail clipping,
teeth and ears cleaning and
all the routines of dog
grooming and physical examination.
- Introduce anything, also the dog name, the dog collar and leash, and everything you want your
puppy to be comfortable around with.