Socialization is an important part of your puppy’s training that will give your pet valuable life skills for when it grows up. Many times, dog owners leave it too late to start socializing their dog.
Usually, it’s during adolescence that dogs start to assert themselves and owners start working when their pet starts growling or snapping at others. To avoid this, puppy socialization is essential.
The Best Time to Start Puppy Socialization
There’s a saying that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” While this isn’t always true, there are certainly many new things that you can teach a puppy. In fact, the longer you leave training your pup, the harder it will become.
While there are no hard and fast rules, most vets and dog trainer recommend starting socialization when the puppy is 12-16 weeks old.
How to Socialize Your Puppy
Socialization is all about our interactions with others. Therefore, it’s essential to introduce your puppy to as many different places and people as possible. This can help teach your pet that strangers are not people to be frightened of and new places aren’t a threat to them.
Here are some helpful tips on the various ways to socialize your puppy in different environments.
Take your puppy with you to as many different places as possible. So, get in the car and drive to the park or the mall and explore together new places. It is usually best to carry your puppy in your arms. Then on the way back, stop off at the gas station.
You can also plan activities to visit a farm, an office building, or a construction site. Of course, you should introduce your puppy as early possible to the vet’s clinic so that the place isn’t always associated with an unpleasant experience.
The goal here is to get your puppy as used to as many different kinds of people as possible. It can help for you to take along some treats and encourage family and friends to stroke and give treats to your pet. Don’t forget, that we are all different and it’s good to socialize your puppy with people from different races, people in uniform, those who get around in wheelchairs, and men with beards.
Again, the goal here is to get your puppy to meet with as many different kinds of other animals as possible. It’s always important to keep you puppy close by and having some treats can help your puppy to feel calmer. Be careful with other dogs because not all of them have been socialized well when it comes to meeting other dogs.
A sudden sharp sound can frighten your dog. One way to get your puppy used to hearing new sounds is to download sounds of sirens, gunshots, cracking, fireworks. In the home environment, you can play these songs and turn the experience into a fun game with treats.