May 19th 2019
Congratulations! You have got your new puppy, and I bet that cute ball of fluff is demanding all your attention right now! This is the most important time in a dogs life in regards to socialisation so I can’t stress enough the benefits of getting things right at this age. So many dogs wind up in shelters or worse are euthanised for behaviour problems, so many behaviour issues steam from puppies that have not been adequately socialised from a young age. Do you see why it is so important to spend some time now on that precious wee pup so that he or she grows in to a confident adult dog? What things should you be introducing them to then? Read on to find the things I think are important to introduce your pup to in a safe and controlled environment.
I can’t stress enough the benefits of getting things right at this age. So many dogs wind up in shelters or worse are euthanised for behaviour problems.
- People – People in wheelchairs, pushing prams, on mobility scooters, on scooters, skateboards and bikes
- Environment noise – thunder, fireworks, gunshots and sirens.
- Places- vet clinics, pet stores, friends and families houses, any other pet friendly stores
- Situations – being left alone for short periods, being in a crate, car journeys’, being in different weather situations.
- Vehicles- cars, trucks, motorbikes, trailers and boats.
Please also see the pervious post which lists things that you should introduce a puppy to from birth to 8 weeks. The list above is adding to what hopefully the breeder has already been doing. If you have adopted a puppy from an unknown environment it is highly advisable to start with the things on the pervious list and then move to the ones on the above list. Any questions please get in touch!