Socialization Do’s

DO focus on essentials.

Take your puppy to experience a variety of places, people, dogs, and situations he’s likely to encounter in his life with you.

DO go at your puppy’s pace.

Work with a dog trainer to learn what’s right for your particular puppy.

DO socialize your puppy individually.

Puppies that go everywhere with older, wiser canine housemates don’t develop the ability to handle things well on their own.

DO Learn to “read” your puppy.

Practice reading your puppy’s body language, especially signs of stress. It’s easier than you think and will help you a great deal.

DO use every opportunity.

Always bring treats and a toy with you so you can create positive associations with new experiences by linking them with food or play.

DO be safe and sensible.

Give your puppy the best possible learning experiences while protecting him from harm.