Socialization is extremely important to avoid bad behavioral issues including anxiety, fear, aggression, and shyness. Dogs that miss out on socialization at an early age are more likely to develop fears and sometimes these fears take a long time to get over. To avoid these issues it is important to expose your puppy to as much as possible while he or she is young. Our hoomans exposed us to strangers, big crowds, cars, children, and other dogs and pets.
To make sure your puppy gets well socialized follow the steps we came up with below!
Expose your puppy to all different types of people: men, women, children, old people, people wearing sunglasses, etc. Our hoomans did this by taking us everywhere with them. Whenever they went to a dog friendly restaurant or out shopping we got to come along.
Familiarize your new puppy to other dogs. If your puppy has not had all their shots yet then make sure you only bring them around dogs that have had all their shots.
Introduce your puppy to all different types of pets.
Expose your new puppy to different smells, textures, and sounds. Try to introduce your puppy to new smells by taking them to new places. Additionally, have your puppy try walking on different surfaces, such as hardwood floors, carpeted floors, tile floors, grass, sand, and snow if possible.
Another thing that should help socialize your puppy is bringing them in the car with you so that they can get used to the motion and all the sounds cars make. This will make them less anxious to ride in cars when they are older.
Furthermore, you should hold your puppy a lot. You should also groom and bathe them frequently. Our hoomans also touched us all over and squeezed our nails so that we would be okay with getting our nails trimmed as we got older. The only dog they did not think to do this with is Luna and she’s the only one that hates nail clippings.
Try to make the introduction to new things as positive as possible! To do this praise them, offer them treats, and try not to be tense or nervous. Us dogs can sense your emotions so if you are nervous we will pick up on it and react poorly.
Lastly, don’t try to expose your puppy to everything at once. Take slow steps and gradually incorporate more new things.
Lots of love,
Luna, Casper , Milo (Porkchop), and Poppy