Puppies start exploring the world around them as soon as they first open their eyes. They are curious, joyous and playful. Learning quickly, puppies need to be aware of what the appropriate social norms are for a dog when around people and other dogs. The lack of interaction can lead to aggressive or antisocial behaviour later on in life because, much like humans, our four-legged pals are also afraid of new situations.
What is puppy socialisation?
Puppy socialisation is a term commonly used to describe certain acts of positive planned interactions for your dog. This might include anything from puppy classes to simple environment changes done by the owner. While for a well-adjusted dog, a walk out in the dog park might be perfect for socialisation purposes, for puppies it might be a harmful experience with long-term behavioural consequences. That's why, in puppy socialisation classes, young pups are introduced to other dogs and people in positive challenges and play in a completely safe environment.
Tips for puppy socialisation
Puppy socialisation classes employ trained professionals and are a good way to ensure the complete safety experience for your young pup. However, that doesn't mean you won't be able to help your dog come to terms with the world around it as well.
Being observant is key!
Be observant and help it explore its social surroundings in a safe manner. If you are visiting a friend's house for example, try to make sure that they are willing to help your pup learn how to interact with new people and let it explore their home (whilst trying to ensure minimal toilet accidents in a new place!). The main thing to remember is that new experiences should be introduced gently and that it's completely natural for your puppy to often be frightened.
Don't forget vaccination!
When introducing your pup to other dogs, make sure they are vaccinated beforehand. Proper vaccination is key to keeping your pup safe.
Pick certified puppy socialisation classes/training
If you want to go down the route of puppy socialisation classes/training, make sure that the trainers are certified. This will ensure that your puppy is able to build social skills in a healthy and positive manner instantly.
If you're looking for something a bit less formal - have you considered doggy daycare? This gives your puppy constant supervision from an experienced pet sitter with the added benefits of social interaction with other daycare dogs at the time! Tailster have 1000's of carers offering daycare all over the country - why not give it a try?!
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