Did you know that puppies have a critical socialisation period that only lasts until they are around four months old? Watch this video to learn what socialisation is, why it is so important, and how to use it to give your puppy the best start in life.
Puppy socialization class is a wonderful way to have your puppy interact with lots of other puppies. You can make friends at these classes and set up home playdates with other new pups or dogs.
It’s best to introduce the dogs while on-leash or on opposite sides of a fence or barrier before allowing them to interact, especially if you do not know the other dog well. Many adult dogs are good with young dogs and can teach them proper manners, but it’s important to watch out for aggressive adults. When in doubt, just do not let your puppy play.
Although new and different experiences are important to a puppy’s development, it’s important not to overwhelm the little guy or gal. Let your pup stand back, observe and move at its own pace. Owners of more than one young puppy at a time know that every pup’s personality is different, and while one may find a specific new experience exciting, the other may start out with a nervous perception and may need extra time to adjust.
The most important thing to keep in mind when setting up puppy play dates is that the experiences are best kept positive when all dogs are matched by age, size and personality type. The key aspect of a playdate is that you have plenty of supervision and make certain you allow for rest or nap time.
Socialization is incredibly important if we want our puppies to grow into healthy, balanced adults.