How to Best Socialize Your Puppy
The idea behind socializing your puppy is to help him or her become acclimate to all types of sights, sounds, and smells in a positive way. Proper socialization can prevent a dog from being fearful of children, for example, or riding in a car. It will help him or her develop into a well-mannered, happy puppy. Below are a few steps to follow to best socialize your puppy:
New Sights, Sounds, and Smells:
To a puppy, the whole world is new, confusing, and unusual. It’s important to make every new encounter a positive one. Socialize your puppy with as many different types of people, places, noises, textures, etc. as you can think of.
Make It Positive:
When introducing all these new experiences, it is critical to keep these interactions positive. Getting an appropriate amount of treats and praise when you want your puppy to associate what he or she is being exposed to with a positive, fun experience. Puppies can sense our emotions, so make sure you are not stressed or nervous either!
Take it Public:
Try to avoid doing too much too fast, but when you think your puppy is ready to take on the outside world, take him or her public. Take him or her to the pet store, over to a friend’s house for a puppy play date, or even to a puppy class. Classes will help your puppy begin to understand basic commands while being exposed to other places, dogs, and people.
Socializing your puppy as soon as possible will benefit both you and your puppy. Puppies are eager to learn, so with the right teachers your puppy will be on the right path to becoming a well-behaved canine citizen.
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