One of the most important things when it comes to your puppy is teaching it socialization skills. This is important for many reasons. For instance, this is important for the safety of you and other people, your dog’s safety, other dog’s safety, etc. If your dog isn’t properly socialized, he can be a danger to people or pets.
So when should you start your dog’s socialization? My advice is you should start socializing your puppy when he is as young as possible. If you wait till later on to teach your puppy, it will be more difficult to undo what they have already learned. So go for teaching them the sooner the better!
There are many advantages to having a properly socialized dog. For instance, a properly socialized dog will take the many new experiences in stride and not become aggressive or fearful. If your dog isn’t properly socialized, he may bite out of fear. Obviously this can be a hazard to you and your family. In addition, it can make things like going to the vet very difficult.
Like I said, socialization should be done as early as possible. If you asked me for a specific time, I would say around 12 weeks of age for the puppy. However, remember that even as you teach your puppy socialization, it’s best to continue to let your dog socialize with other dogs. It’s a great way for your dog to refine it’s important social skills. But if you can, please start around 12 weeks of age.
So what are some do’s and don’t when it comes to socializing your puppy? Let’s take a look at them.
– Make your dog’s socialization events as pleasant as possible. Clearly you don’t want to associate your dog’s socialization with something traumatic in his head.
– Invite friends over. This is a great way for your puppy to experience being around new people. In addition, everyone can have lots of fun playing with the puppy.
– Also consider asking your friends to bring your pets over. If they want to bring any cats, rabbits, hamsters, etc., that would be great. Over the years, your puppy will probably come across these animals. Let him see them now, when you can make sure he handles it well.
– Take your puppy for frequent short rides in the car. The puppy will LOVE looking outside the window and seeing the world. Please be safe though when bringing your puppy in the car. I actually wrote an article on this recently with safety tips when it comes to taking road trips with your dog. So you may want to check out my website where you can find that article listed.
– Place your puppy on the ground when there are strange animals present. You don’t want one of these animals to attack him and traumatize your puppy. This could hurt his socialization.
– Force or rush the socialization process. Let your puppy socialize as he feels comfortable on his own pace!
– I said this already, but it’s important and I will say it again. Don’t wait too long to begin! The earlier the better!
Hopefully you will keep these tips in mind when you begin to socialize your puppy. Have fun with it! For more articles, you may want to check out my website, which is listed in my author bio.