Tips on How to Socialize Your Puppy

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Dog Behavior, Puppy Training
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The most important thing you can do as an owner is to learn how to
socialize your puppy.

Most social behavior is learned during the time spent with the pups
Mother and siblings. I decided to give you some tips on how to
socialize your puppy.

However this important lesson in behavior is usually cut short at
the age of 8 weeks when most breeders let their puppy’s go to a new

I feel it would be better for the pup to remain with the litter
until the age of 12-14 months, this would allow enough time for the
pup to learn bite inhibition and how to play socially and get along
with other dogs.

You can begin to teach puppies to be social and enjoy being around
humans, and being touched and handled, at the age of 9 days, this
is why it is important for breeders to begin to touch and handle
the pups, getting them used to having their sensitive areas
touched, such as tail,feet, and a wide range of areas that your dog
may find unsettling when touched there.

Ideally puppies will be exposed each day to different
men,women,children,other dogs,loud noise, ect..the more experience
a pup has with different things, ie, cats, geese, and other animals
that you may come in contact with, the more confident he will be
about what to do in the event of something unexpected, ie, car back
fire, especially when you make these experiences positive with food

Another benefit of learning how to socialize your puppy,
is that you will be less liable to raise a dog who may bite someone
and cause you a lot of trouble.

Here are some tips for learning to socialize your puppy.

Note: I do not recommend that you let strangers interact with your pup.

1-Before vaccinations have your friends and family come and play
and train your pup. Have a bowl of puppy goodies available, and
have everyone reward good behavior with a treat. Your pup will soon
learn that when people are around it’s good I get treats, belly
rubs and lot’s of praise for being calm and obedient.

2- Once your pup has had his needles you can have a party and
invite all your friends, and family to bring their dogs over
for a meet and greet party, have treats and have everyone
participate in the training of your puppy.

Training for obedience during these get togethers will teach your
pup to pay attention to you know matter what is going on around

3-It is important to remember that your puppy will not be cute and
rolly- polly, happy-go-lucky and trusting of every thing. Around
the age of 14 months your pups attitude if left un-socialized will
turn to one of fear and suspicion.

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