I posted this article some time ago, but as many people adopt puppies at this time of the year, I thought it would bear repeating.
You probably hear the word “socialization” tossed around a lot – especially if you have just acquired a new pup. Your pup’s breeder insists that you need to “socialize”; the rescue organization your pup came from says you need to “socialize”. But what does everyone actually mean by socialization?
What they mean is that not only do you have to introduce your pup to a lot of strange dogs of all shapes and sizes, but also to different humans and as many different species of animals as you can, particularly animals that your pup will have contact with in your home. It also means that you should expose your pup to as many different environments as possible; as many different sounds as possible from babies crying or toddlers screaming and shouting to traffic sounds, vacuum cleaners, motorcycles.
Even more important than just exposure is for you to carefully observe…
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