- Can not replace professional veterinary help.
Between three weeks and sixteen weeks of age, puppies have gone through a “critical period of socialization.” In the first three months of life, puppies are like sponges and can absorb information about the world as quickly as presented to them.
When you are a puppies parent, your most important job is to socialize, so it is important to start socializing with puppies. Remember, when they go home, your sponge window has shrunk to less than two months!
People, places and things
Most people interpret socialization as teaching dogs to interact well with other dogs or humans. Although these things are essential to develop a well-adjusted dog, Social does mean introducing your puppy to all possible sights and sounds that will be part of his world in a safe and positive way.
Socializing actually means introducing your puppy to their world in a safe, positive way.
For city dwellers (or anyone who expects to visit the city regularly for more than 12 years in their canine life), this may include social activities to busy streets and car noise, loud buses and skateboarders.
For travelers, rides (and crates), water and escalators are important.
For families living in more rural environments, farm animals and loud machinery may be helpful.
Also, don’t forget children of all ages, disabled people and men whose walking sticks or wheelchairs can make a frightening picture, especially those who wear hats, headscarves or sunglasses.
The key is not to overwhelm your puppy at the first introduction.
Puppies are scared the first time they encounter new things. They may show this fear by shaking, complaining, tailing, yawning, licking their lips or trying to hide or run away.
Be sure to reward your dogs by talking to them and rewarding them with tasty food to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
If your dog is worried, stay away from social objects or move to a less intense version. For example, if the main resistance is too noisy for your puppies during your first social period, try a less busy street.
If your puppy has not been fully vaccinated, you can still go out and stroll around. Socializing most things does not require your puppy to stand up. Most puppies can be easily carried in a bag or held in their arms.
In public places, as long as you put a blanket or towel on the ground first, your puppy can join you. Keep the puppy’s leash so that they don’t go beyond the limits of the blanket.
Another socialization of puppies must be the “puppy society”. Puppy social activities are designed to allow puppies to learn how to interact with other dogs in a safe environment.
Since all puppies are at the same vaccination level, most puppies social networking sites allow puppies to start playing after the second round of shooting (usually around 10 to 12 weeks of age).
In social situations, your puppy will learn social skills! If you have the luxury of choosing between different puppy social options, you should always choose a dog run by a certified dog handler, who can help your puppy develop healthy game skills and protect them Protect yourself from bad experiences and teach you how to do the same.
Supervision is a must
During the social interaction of a puppy I assisted in supervising, two tiny animals fell into chaos, and when we were finally able to separate them, one puppy was covered in blood. Our dog handlers started to act. One of them relieved the injured puppies and tried to change the experience from negative to positive while checking the wound, and the other immediately instructed the other guard dogs to summon the puppies and transform the fear into a positive training behavior .
At the same time, we are waiting for the evacuation of injured puppies and aggressors. This type of experience is rare in puppies, but it can happen. I can’t help thinking about how this experience would affect the puppies being attacked without a qualified dog trainer.
Your puppy can also interact with adult dogs of friends and family, as long as you know they are fully vaccinated.
Always supervise interactions with any type of dog, and if adult dogs become annoyed or over-suppress puppies, give them rest.
Your puppy depends on you to introduce to the world.
Full of love and patience, you will help your puppy understand that the world is a good place to raise a dog!
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