Why Do Puppies Need Socialising?
Socialising puppies involves lots of pleasant encounters with other animals, humans and environments. It’s easy to do, and it could mean the difference between a fearful dog and one that is happy and willing to make new friends.
How Do I Socialise My Puppy?
The younger the puppy, the easier it is and the quicker it will learn.
Between 3 and 12 weeks, the puppy needs to be in contact with lots of people, animals and situations. This is the critical period in which the puppy learns what to fear and what is part of their life, so it’s vital they experience as much as possible so they don’t get scared of everyday things.
Take the puppy out and about as much as possible.
It’s important for puppies to meet a range of people, from children to adults, and dogs, from large ones to smaller ones and other animals.
A range of environments is also good for the puppy, especially around traffic, during travel, at the vets and groomers.
If you plan on taking your puppy to a groomer, getting visits in early is a must. This will get them used to loud noises such as blasters, bathing and the grooming process. Many groomers will hold puppy sessions to ensure they get well used to it.
Our Top Tips To Stay Safe
- Never overwhelm your dog.
- Go slowly at first, keeping encounters brief and limited, then gradually up the number and the time of the encounter
- Let your puppy have the space and freedom they need to approach others. Don’t force the situation by picking them up. Keep it positive with titbits and toys.
- Ensure they are kept under constant supervision, ensuring they don’t get themselves into dangerous situations or learn bad behaviour.
- Since your puppy is not protected from major diseases until after vaccinations have taken effect, special care should be taken to ensure that the dogs and puppies encountered are fully vaccinated and healthy.
Did You Know?
Many salons also hold puppy parties or puppy classes. Usually this will be for slightly older puppies above 12 weeks, to help them get even more accustomed to other dogs, humans, and strange environments.