Puppy Training tip #1 Socializing Dogs
Puppy Training tip #1 Socializing Dogs.
Why socialize your puppy?
When you get your puppy from the breeder your puppy should be curious and eager to explore new things. To ensure that he remains for the rest of his life is a good socialization is necessary.
Did you know that a puppy until he’s about 12 weeks old is curious will respond to new things, and after that age will develop more fear.
It is therefore important to take your new puppy to as many different situations. If a puppy given situation not seen when he is young it will be difficult to get used to him later
After the first 12 weeks you are not ready yet, because your puppy now learns what fear is, he will also be able to react fearfully to familiar things. By taking him to as many places possible you dog will learn not to be afraid and will grow into a great and secure dog.
Socialization check list
Places and thing to bring your puppy or let him get used to.
Places (make sure your puppy has is vacinations)
- Dog grooming and trimmers
- Houses of friends
- The Park
- Car, train and bus
- Elevator and stairs
People and other animals
- Children and babies
- Disabled and mentally handicapped people
- Confident and noisy people
- Shy and quiet people
- Other dog’s
- People with beard, scarf and or glasses
- Other pets / animals
Things to get used to
- Vacuum cleaners
- Washing machines
- Hair dryer
- Children’s toys
- Being home alone
The more places you take your puppy to the more flexible he gets. If you like to drink coffee at your favorite coffee bar then take your puppy with you. So he can get used to all the sounds arround him.
If you want to take your puppy to the market, when he is very small it is better to carry him on your arm, this is a great way to let him get used to al lot of people in one place.
Take your puppy for a drive, it can happen that your puppy throws up at first, but most of the time it will pass when he gets older. Make sure when you puppy is in the car, that he is in a travel crate when he is older you can use a safety harness
We love to ride our bikes with Nikita, when Nikita was a puppy we put her into a pet bicycle Basket and we cycled for short periods at a time to let her get used to it. Now she really loves it.
With socialization your puppy just think ahead of what you want to do with your dog, where do you want to take him, fit it into your own life then you can take your dog, your best friend everywhere you want to go.
How do you learn your puppy to stay home alone?
This is one of the hardest things to do, not for your puppy, but for you. I found it very difficult in the beginning.
How did we learn Nikita to stay at home alone?
We gave her a Kong and hand kissed her goodbye, then we left the house and waited outside, where we good here her, in the beginning she was beeping after a while she stopped, when she was quiet we entered the house and greet her with great enthusiasm. We practiced this many times, so Nikita was very confident that we always come back. You can also leave the radio on for your dog, since Nikita is deaf we don’t do that but it can work great.
You can learn your dog everything if you gave them the confidence that you are always there for them.
If you have any questions about socializing your dog, please leave them below.
Simone & Nikita