MAY 14th 2019
If you are planning to breed your dog, or get a new puppy it is a really good idea to think about or ask the breeder about the socialisation that is been given. There is so much to consider, and it really is very important to take the time to do so. So many problem behaviours can be avoided if the right socialisation is given right from the start. Read on to find out how to start the process and give your puppy the best start possible.
In a safe and controlled environment puppies from birth to 8 weeks old should be exposed to –
People – men, women, children, babies, seniors, people of different heights, weights, ethnicities, hair colour, people wearing different items of clothing, glasses, hats coats or in uniform.
Animals – other dogs of different ages, sizes and breeds, cats, livestock, small animals like guinea pigs, birds, horses and rabbits.
Surfaces – grass, gravel, sand, carpet, lino/tile.
Environmental noise – usual household noises like tvs, phones, microwaves, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers lawn mowers and washing machines. Music, traffic noise, animal sounds, people sounds (laughing, babies crying).
Handling – having all parts of the body touched, being bathed, being restrained, being groomed, being petted it different ways.
As a breeder you should take all these suggestions on board for several reasons. Firstly, the puppies will more likely settle in to their new homes much more easily resulting in new owners being very happy with the pups and less likely to return them. The puppies will be willing to engage with new owners and will form bonds with them easily because of the previous positive experiences that they have had. Giving puppies these experiences gives them the best possible start in life as these early experiences are the most powerful.
And if you are purchasing a puppy you should also look for a breeder that has thought about a socialisation programme that is including all these things, I really can’t express how important these first weeks are to a puppies life.
Do the best for your pet!
Best friends are forever!