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Socializing Your Puppy

December 1, 2014
Socializing your dog will help your pooch stay relaxed in the company of strangers. It’s best to socialize your dog while he is young, as once dogs reach a certain age, they find it harder to adjust to situations they haven’t experienced previously. Socializing puppies is fairly easy, as it basically involves letting your puppy get attention, treats, and cuddles from many different people. This is usually as much fun for your friends and family as it is for your pup! After all, who doesn’t love to cuddle puppies? The optimum age range for a puppy to be socialized is between 3 to 12 weeks of age. Once a puppy reaches 12 weeks, it becomes progressively more difficult to socialize him.
Here are a few tips on socializing your dog:
Puppy Kindergarten

Possibly the cutest classrooms on earth, puppy kindergartens are a twist on doggy day care. Puppies play off-leash with one another, and are handled by a variety of people. Some puppy kindergartens will expose puppies to several types of experiences, such as costumes, loud sounds, and other distractions. Basic obedience training is sometimes included as well.
Socializing Fido Yourself

Even if you do send your furry little one off to kindergarten, you’ll want to do some work with him yourself. Take your little buddy to safe environments or have people stop over to meet your new family member. Cuddles and treats are always in order. Be careful not to overdo it, however, as you don’t want to overwhelm the little guy.  Avoid playtime with unvaccinated dogs. If your pup seems frightened, give him hugs, cuddles and treats to reassure him, and try again another day. It’s a big world for a little dog to get used to, and puppies can sometimes get scared if they are met with too many new things within a short period of time.

Out and About

Taking your puppy with you on car rides or a walk will often result in your puppy being socialized even if that wasn’t your intent. Puppies have overwhelming powers of cute, and you will probably find all sorts of people wanting to pet the little one. The more attention Fido gets, the better.

When socializing your puppy, expose him to a broad range of experiences such as bad weather, livestock, and young children. Make sure your puppy is up to date on his vaccinations before exposing him to other dogs. Be sure not to allow him to interact with any aggressive dogs or any unvaccinated dogs. He can visit dog parks and pet friendly stores after his 16 week vaccinations.

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