Sunday, December 13, 2009

Puppy Socialization-Make It A Priority

There is a critical socialization window for puppies, it's birth to 18 weeks. This means you have to make socializing your puppy a top priority. They need to meet and greet ALOT of people, walk in new environments, be exposed to new sights and sounds, meet and play with other puppies and dogs, etc. I encourage people to enroll in a puppy class as soon as your puppy is 10 weeks of age. It's not too early to start training and the socialization gained in class is priceless. If you get a Winter puppy, buy warm clothes and get outside! It's tempting to hide away in your home for a few months until the weather warms, but by doing this you will deprive your puppy of much needed exposure, and you won't get it back after the socialization window closes. Here are some helpful tips to get you started. Walk your puppy in public places everyday, don't restrict your outdoor time to your backyard. Let your puppy meet and greet a variety of people. If you don't have kids in your home, go to places where kids are, parks, friends, neighbors, outside Toys R Us. Go for rides in the car, visit your Vets office and let the staff give your puppy treats. The bottow line is, get creative, have fun, and let your puppy expand his horizons in a safe and positive way.

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