What Is Puppy Socialization?

What Is Socialization?

Socialization means more than just letting your puppy meet other people and other dogs.  It mean introducing your puppy to new sights, smells, sounds and experiences each and every day BEFORE your puppy is 20 weeks old,   It is a crucial step to raising a friendly, confident dog and should not be skipped.  Its extremely important that you puppy should enjoy socialization.

Up until 3-4 months of age your puppy’s brain is open to everything he comes across the so called critical socialization window. After that. he’s genetically pre-programmed to become wary of new things, making it much harder to shape him into an easygoing, friendly adult dog.

That’s Why Early Socialization Is So Important Early

Socialization is like a behavioral vaccination for your puppy and it significantly decreases the chances of your puppy developing fear or aggression.

But Is It Safe?

Vaccinations dramatically reduce the risk of your puppy getting a disease from another puppy.  And we recommend that he doesn’t go to the dog park or pet store before he is fully vaccinated.  It’s much safer for your puppy to play with other healthy, partially vaccinated puppies or friendly, healthy adult dogs .  The risk of a dog being relinquished to a shelter or even euthanized because of a behavior problem is far greater than the risk of him contracting a serious disease from another puppy.


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