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Your Puppy Proper Socialization Skills
socialisation skills are very important for when your dog meets
other dogs or other people. If your dog hasn't been trained then it
could be a danger to everybody it meets. He won't understand what
to do, he will just use his natural basic instincts if he thinks
there is a danger such as fighting to protect himself. But a well
trained dog with good socialisation skills will be content and happy to
be with other dogs and their owners.
Socialization is best done when the puppy is as young as possible The
socialization lessons a young puppy learns are difficult to undo, and
it is important to remember that the socialization skills the puppy
learns will affect his behavior for the rest of his life.
A dog that is properly socialized will be neither frightened of nor
aggressive towards either animals or humans. A properly socialized dog
will take each new experience and stimulus in stride, and not become
fearful or aggressive.
Dogs that are not properly socialized often bite because of fear, and
such a dog can become a hazard and a liability to the family who owns
it. Improperly socialized dogs are also unable to adapt to new
situations. A routine matter like a trip to the vets or to a friends
house can quickly stress the dog out and lead to all sorts of problems.
Socialization is best done when the puppy is very young, perhaps around
12 weeks of age. Even after 12 weeks, however, it is important that the
puppy continues its socialization in order to refine the all important
social skills. It is possible to socialize an older puppy, but it is
very difficult to achieve after the all important 12 week period has
There are so definite do’s and don’t when it comes to properly
socializing any puppy. Let’s start with what to do. Later in this
article we will explore what to avoid.
Ø Make each of the socialization events as pleasant and non-threatening
for the puppy as possible. If a puppy’s first experience with any new
experience is an unpleasant one, it will be very difficult to undo that
in the puppy’s mind. In some cases, an early trauma can morph into a
phobia that can last for a lifetime. It is better to take things slow
and avoid having the puppy become frightened or injured.
Ø Try inviting your friends over to meet the new puppy. It is important
to included as many different people as possible in the puppy’s circle
of acquaintances, including men, women, children, adults, as well as
people of many diverse ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Ø Also invite friendly and healthy dogs and puppies over to meet your
puppy. It is important for the puppy to meet a wide variety of other
animals, including cats, hamsters, rabbits and other animals he is
likely to meet. It is of course important to make sure that all animals
the puppy comes into contact with have received all necessary
Ø Take the puppy to many different places, including shopping centers,
pet stores, parks, school playgrounds and on walks around the
neighborhood. Try to expose the puppy to places where they will be
crowds of people and lots of diverse activity going on.
Ø Take the puppy for frequent short rides in the car. During these
rides, be sure to stop the car once in a while and let the puppy look
out the window at the world outside.
Ø Introduce your puppy to a variety of items that may be unfamiliar.
The puppy should be exposed to common items like bags, boxes, vacuum
cleaners, umbrellas, hats, etc. that may be frightening to him. Allow
and encourage the puppy to explore these items and see that he has
nothing to fear from them.
Ø Get the puppy used to a variety of objects by rearranging familiar
ones. Simply placing a chair upside down, or placing a table on its
side, creates an object that your puppy will perceive as totally new.
Ø Get the puppy used to common procedures like being brushed, bathed,
having the nails clipped, teeth cleaned, ears cleaned, etc. Your
groomer and your veterinarian with thank you for this.
Ø Introduce the puppy to common things around the house, such as
stairs. Also introduce the puppy to the collar and leash, so he will be
comfortable with these items. There are of course some things to avoid
when socializing a puppy. These socialization don’ts include:
Ø Do not place the puppy on the ground when strange animals are
present. An attack, or even a surprise inspection, by an unknown animal
could traumatize the puppy and hurt his socialization.
Ø Do not inadvertently reward fear based behavior. When the puppy shows
fear, it is normal to try to sooth it, but this could reinforce the
fear based behavior and make it worse. Since biting is often a fear
based behavior, reinforcing fear can create problems with biting.
Ø Do not force or rush the socialization process. It is important to
allow the puppy to socialize at his own pace.
Ø Do not try to do too much too soon. Young puppies have short
attention spans, and continuing lessons after that attention span has
passed will be a waste of your time and your puppy’s.
Ø Do not wait too long to begin. There is a short window in which to
begin the socialization process. A young puppy is a blank slate, and it
is important to fill that slate with positive socialization skills as
early as possible.
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