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Why is Puppy Socialization important? and What is the best way to Socialize?

Smartliving Guest asked this
August 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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Love your puppy, play with your puppy, and train your puppy. These three items are essential for successful puppy socialization. Remember, the ultimate outcome is molding this little pup into a confident and obedient dog. Your puppy's personality will be influenced by genetics and the environment in which they live. The most critical socialization period in a puppy's life is prior to 4 months of age.

Your puppy wants to be part of your family, and craves consistent, structured leadership. So, if you're socializing a new puppy, here are a few things to keep in mind:

~Bond with your puppy; dogs are social animals. Make your pup a member of your family.

~Appropriate (positive) introduction to new places, things, people, animals are all an important part of raising a well socialized puppy. Socialization has already begun by the time your new puppy enters your home.

~Be careful with introducing puppy to areas that are frequently visited by other dogs until your veterinarian gives approval.

~Expose your pup to all the sights, sounds, smells, people, and appropriate animals.

~Puppy classes are great for positive socialization.

~Consult with your veterinarian regarding the best timing for your puppy to take class. This will depend on the pup's health and immune status, as well as what illnesses are going around.

Socialization is critical during certain developmental stages. If socialization during these stages is missed, some puppies will never be as successful as they could otherwise have been at fitting into your home, or whatever else you hope to do with your dog.

Dr. Lynn Happel DVM Health Coach answered
August 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Socializing is imperative for a puppy to grow into a confident and friendly dog that enjoys humans and other dogs. However, socialization shouldn't be limited to just people and other dogs. It is important to socialize a puppy with new environments, situations, sounds, and other types of animals.

Does a puppy's temperament play a role? Absolutely. A shy and timid puppy will need more patience to work on building their confidence. An overly excited puppy will need to learn be calm. Without the proper and positive interactions at a young age, a puppy can grow up to be fearful, insecure, and sadly, aggressive.

Here are some tips on how to socialize your puppy the BEST way!

First :: Their shots have to be 100% complete to safeguard puppy from any diseases.

Second :: Join doggy playgroups, take an obedience class, drop your puppy off at a doggy daycare, and visit your local dog park or dog beach.

Third :: Take your puppy on daily walks to experience new environments and places. Take your puppy to the city to experience all the different noises, and the hussle-n-bussle of city life. Visit outdoor eatery's (where your puppy can sit with you), go into dog-friendly stores, and have people pet and say "hi" to your adorable fur baby!

Fourth :: Keep the experiences positive and safe. If, at any time, you feel your puppy is getting bullied by another dog, person, or is extremely upset about a situation, calmly remove your puppy. Don't coddle or baby talk your puppy during this time, as you don't want to reassure their state of mind at that moment. Instead, just leave and go somewhere else to end on a positive note. Also, never leave your home without their favorite treats (even ante-it up using "safe" human food). During your puppy's excursions, give them these treats, which will help associate the experience as positive!

Socialization is extremely important to a puppy's overall well-being. A confident and secure puppy is a very content and happy puppy!

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
August 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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