A happy and healthy puppy is always well-socialized. Proper socialization helps your furry friend handle all kinds of situations and display good habits as they grow into adulthood.
At PuppyBuddy, our breeders will start the socialization process by handling the puppies from birth and letting them explore. Once they come home to you, however, it’s highly important to introduce them to their new surroundings and people.
If you aren’t sure how or when to start the socialization process, this blog will definitely come in handy! Read on to learn more about how you can train your puppy to be social!
When to socialize your puppy
At ages 7 weeks to 4 months, your cuddly furbaby will go through a period of socialization that will shape their personality and outlook on the world.
You may notice this curiosity when they explore their surroundings inside and outside your home. By the time your pup reaches 4 months, they should be able to handle being around other dogs, strangers, and veterinarians.
Starting early gives you a head start on introducing the world to your canine so they’re comfortable once they reach the right age.
Tips for training your pup
Your puppy’s socialization process should not just include people, but also various other key sights and sensations they will encounter. Gently presenting these experiences can help your puppy react calmly to similar situations as adults. Before you take your pooch to any new place or meet with other pets, they must have their vaccinations done. Here are a few tips to get your puppy used to numerous stimuli:
- Introduce your pup to outside experiences: The world can be a big and (sometimes) scary place for your furry friend. There are so many new sights and smells to experience, so try your best to expose your puppy to these sensations. For example, you can walk your puppy on different types of floors or take them through various places around town.
- Expose your puppy to loud noises: Expose your puppy to loud noises whenever you can. This includes noises like crowds of people and cars passing by. Bring treats so you can praise your furbaby for their calm behavior. Avoid stimuli that can frighten your puppy, like the sound of fireworks.
- Have your puppy meet people: Friends, family members, and regular guests—anyone in your life should meet your puppy. Do not throw your puppy into a social situation all at once; this can overwhelm and frighten them. Also, be sure that your puppy grows used to seeing people with a diverse variety of clothing too, like raincoats and uniforms.
- Take your puppy to a public area: You may be tempted to take your puppy to a dog park, but hold off for awhile. Instead, you can bring them to a pet store (many pet stores allow animals inside) or walk them on a different part of your neighborhood. Do not go to a dog park unless your puppy has had their full series of vaccinations done.
- Meet with other puppies: Puppy socialization should occur when your furry cutie is around 2 to 4 months old. They should also have had previous socialization with people and other stimuli. Carefully observe the behavior between your puppy and its companions. If you notice any aggressive behavior or rough play, break up the session and try again when the puppies have calmed down.
All puppies need that extra push to become well-adjusted adult dogs. As fur-parents, it’s important to be positive and continue the process until your puppy has mastered socializing. It may take weeks or months, but with enough practice, your puppy will be able to handle anything that life throws at them.
Is your puppy shy? Check out our 6 Tips For Boosting Your Shy Puppy’s Confidence to learn more on helping your beautiful pooch.