During your puppy’s first three months of life, he will experience a socialization period that will permanently shape his future personality and how he will react to his environment as an adult dog. Gently exposing him to a wide variety of people, places, and situations now makes a huge, permanent difference in his temperament.
Whatever the reason your dog wasn’t socialized as a puppy, it doesn’t mean he has to be relegated to a life without dog friends or free play with others. Below you’ll find several tips on how to socialize adult dogs.
The socialization period for puppies (again, key word is PUPPIES) is between 3-12 weeks! Puppies that are not socialized at a young age can become fearful, anxious, aggressive, or develop troublesome behaviors as they become adults.
This approach is a departure from the past; only a few years ago, most trainers recommended correcting lunging and barking with a swift, hard leash “pop” (yank). Although this forceful method could interrupt an aggressive outburst, it seldom produces any lasting improvement—it does nothing to change the way the dog will “feel” or react the next time he sees another dog.
You’ve just picked up your beautiful, wriggling, sweet-smelling little puppy, and you are loving every second of it. You’ve got everything ready: chew toys, that perfect tiny collar, and of course, your pup’s first ever trip to the vet scheduled.
Mate continues to attend class on a regular basis…still somewhat of a loner…but accepting as the other dogs run past him, turning away as they run toward him. No aggressive outbursts in class.
This is known as an intense period of social exploration and learning. It will last until the stage of social and sexual maturity. This depends on the type of breeds but is usually considered to be around 6 months of age.
Socializing your puppy is the key to ensuring you’ll have a happy, confident, and well-adjusted dog. Below, learn the best time to socialize your puppy, how to do it right, and why it’s important.
Speak with the puppy’s breeder to see what their socialization plan consists of before he leaves. This will give you a good place to start.
Many dogs love the car rides, while some are scared of car trips as they relate them with visits to the vet.