A Guide to Puppy Socialization

Puppy Training Tips: A Guide to Puppy Socialization

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A complete guide and tips to help your puppy become a happy well socialized dog.  New puppy owners need to understand dogs have a different way of socializing than people.  Puppies heavily rely on smell, body language and certain vocalizations.

They can be as young as one week old when they begin to socialize. The puppy socialisation period is before 16 weeks of age, with the puppy socialization window closing around 4 months for most pups. Dog socialisation training should commence as soon as possible.

How to properly socialize a puppy and how to socialize dog with other dogs. This is difficult with young puppies. Ask at your local Vet Clinic about puppy socialization classes or local dog socialization groups.

6 Puppy Training Tips for Early Success

  • Supervise your puppy when he is awake.
  • Start training your puppy early. The age from 8 to 12 weeks is a critical time frame and should not be missed.
  • Before 16 weeks, teach your puppy basic commands i.e. sit, stay, drop, come. But focus on one command at a time.
  • Use your voice, treats and touch as positive training methods.
  • Never yell or punish your puppy during a training session.
  • Keep training sessions short but repeat often. 5 to 10 minutes is sufficient.

Can Puppies Be Around Other Dogs?

Puppies need to be isolated from all other dogs until he has had all his vaccines. The majority of puppies that have been socialized that young will also have strong communication skills.

Some puppies, particularly those in the bigger breeds, may have a certain awkwardness when mixing with friends and when introduced to new friends.

When Can Puppies Be Around Other Dogs?

Once the puppy has completed his vaccinations, a young puppy can mix with other dogs.

How To Socialize a Timid Puppy

A well socialized puppy may abruptly demonstrate signs of fear-aggression, fear, aggression or extreme submissiveness. Your puppy may be a late bloomer and only just have started meeting other dogs while in dog parks, in day-care or while on his walks.

The best way to do it is to only introduce your puppy to a few dogs at a time and slowly up the ante. If you’re forced to place your awkward puppy anywhere there are too many dogs, there are certain things you can still do.

Places to Socialize a Puppy. Places To Take Puppy For Socialization

Where to Socialize Puppy in Small Groups

1. Puppy Play Classes – Make friends with a person with a person who owns a dog that’s similar size to yours. Don’t introduce a Great Dane to a quiet Yorkie because it’s always going to be a mismatch. Ensure your friend’s puppy is also dog-friendly, and preferably calm, playful and secure. It’s probable that your Yorkie will take communication cues from him as he follows him wherever he goes.

2. Walking – Dogs without a leash behave differently to dogs on a leash. Always check with the other dog’s owner before making introductions. Watch the other dog’s behavior. Is he quite relaxed? Is he well-managed by his owner? When actually making the introduction, give your puppy a little slack on his leash but . Is he quite relaxed? Is he well-managed by his owner? When actually making the introduction, give your puppy a little slack on his leash but ready to pull him back if necessary.

3. Dog Parks – Visit the dog park when it’s nearly empty. Watch the dogs already in the park before getting out of your car. What breeds, sizes and mixes are they? If they interact but with a little aggression, forget about joining them. If the other owners aren’t watching their dogs, also forget about joining in. If you go into the park and try to mingle, keep a short leash on your puppy so you can rein him in at any time.

A Guide to Puppy Socialization
A Guide to Puppy Socialization

Best Way to Socialize a Puppy in Large Groups

1. Day-care – Check if there’s a person observing the dogs all the time. There can’t be more than 10 dogs for every handler. If you can talk to the person beforehand and check his credentials so you have more confidence in his ability to control the dogs. Have a look for, and identify, places where your puppy can hide in case there’s trouble or if the other dogs play too rough.

2. Boarding – It’s possible that you can board your puppy in a kennel where he won’t have any contact with other dogs. However, it’s likely that they offer the dogs some playtime. If you need to board two or more dogs, request that they each get put in different groups. If placed in the same group, one will try to protect the other one and start trouble. Request that the maximum number of dogs per group is five. Otherwise there may be trouble.

3. Dog Parks – You might be fed up with hitting the dog park at 6am so you can avoid most dogs. However, you can take him at lunchtime (or have a dog sitter do it if you work all day). When you (or the sitter) gets to the park, allow your puppy sniff and stand at the park’s edge and then slowly let him walk in, on his leash. As long as safety isn’t a concern, let him off the leash but watch him at all times, following him if needed.

Dog Socialization With Other Dogs

Problems such as aggression can be managed with appropriate training but don’t introduce your dog to others if you don’t know how he’ll react. The Pit Bull is an aggressive dog and should never be permitted in situations where other less aggressive dogs congregate.

Learn about the subject of dog body language. Get a book, perhaps with pictures, and download it to your phone so you can read it anytime.

It will help you diagnose health problems quickly and take action. It’s not a bad thing to correct the behavior of another owner’s dog provided you do it efficiently, positively and gently.

Sound blowers, a citrus spray or a simple spray bottle can stop a dog dead in his tracks. Even if your dog is well-behaved, use one of these ideas to stop barking or get their attention.

Read our tips for Socializing Adult And Older Dogs

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Puppy Training Tips
Puppy Training Tips