Socialization helps your puppy be less fearful of common situations that it will encounter throughout life as well as help the puppy learn friendliness and the proper way to react to people, other Pets and more.
New puppies soak up information and experiences like a sponge – especially those between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks. This is the ideal time to get your puppy out into the open and absorbing positive experiences to help with his socialization.
Your neighbors and friends are eager to meet your new pooch. By all means, take your puppy for a walk around the neighborhood. He’ll learn to walk on a loose leash and run into new people and situations. The faster you can introduce your puppy to leash walking the better. That way they see the world on their own four paws.
Ask people to meet to gently pet and feed a treat to your pup. Limit interactions with cordial children, good-natured dogs, and responsible adults. It teaches the pup that strangers are good people.
Be careful, though. Until your pup’s immune system has been cranked up by his third set of vaccinations (at 16 to 20 weeks) he’ll be vulnerable to diseases, some potentially deadly.
Another great way to expand your puppy’s circle of friends without making a big scene is to invite a few select dog-savvy adults and children over to greet your puppy.