Puppy socialization is essential to raising a happy and well-balanced dog. Use this Puppy Socialization Checklist to help you socialize your puppy.
Proper puppy socialization is a critical component to raising a happy and well-balanced dog. A puppy’s formative period has a direct correlation to their long-term well-being. It is imperative that you provide proper socialization to your puppy between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age. Below is a Puppy Socialization Checklist to help you get started.
When socializing a puppy, it’s critical that all interactions be positive, however do not stop socialization just because of one of a few non positive experiences. Keep on socializing as you will have more frequent positive experiences. Socialization is with a variety of people, objects, noises, settings, etc. it will help develop their confidence, ability to handle stress, and overall knowledge of the world.
Below is a list of various elements that a dog will encounter though out life. Use your discretion to determine with is safe and appropriate for your puppy. You can also note your dog’s response to each exposure: Ex. displays of aggression (growl, bark, lunge), Avoidance, Freezing, Calm/Relaxed, Able to Take Treats, etc. If your dog display and aggression, avoidance, freezing, do not stop socializing keep on going and do not reward the aggression, avoidance freezing. Contact Value Dog Training and schedule a training session to stop the aggression, avoidance and or freezing.
In conjunction to socializing with items on the list you also want to incorporate sound effects to help positively condition your puppy to noises.
Touch & Handling:
Examining Teeth and Gums
Holding Puppy in Your Arms
Holding in Your Lap
Laying Puppy on its Back for a Bell Rub
Giving a Bath
Drying With a Towel
Women / with Variations (Wearing a Hat, Scarf, Tall Women, Low Voice, etc.)
People of Varying Ethnicities
Men / with Variations (Wearing a Hat, Tall Men, Deep Voice, etc.)
People Wearing Sunglasses
People with Canes or Walkers
Children Playing Near By
Well-Behaved Dog Who Will Appropriately Correct for Over-Stepping Boundaries
Not so Well- Behaved Dog
Other Household Pets
Hardwood Floors, Linoleum, Tile, Marble
Steel Surfaces (Manhole Covers or Vet Scales)
Stairs of Different Material (Wood, Concrete, Steel, etc.)
Objects With Wheels:
Man-Made Objects & Buildings:
Pots and Pans
Plastic Bags Blowing
Inside Dog-Friendly Buildings
And everything around us
As I said from the beginning, positive frequent socialization between 8-16 weeks of age is critical to raising a happy and healthy puppy. Exposing your puppy to various sounds and noises is also critical.
In conjunction with the above, make sure you are housebreaking your puppy, developing a bond with your dog, and utilizing Obedience Commands to Make Your Life Easier.
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