Puppies go thorough a critical period of socialization between eight and 16 weeks of age. During this period of time they mature very rapidly. If puppies never leave their confined, isolated quarters where they have been raised, they may never experience any external stimuli such as automobiles, strangers, loud noises or children running and playing.
How to Socialize Your Puppy
By Saji Panicker
Puppy socialization is the process of introducing a pup to unfamiliar surroundings, sounds, objects, and people. Socialization done during these informative months will give him confidence to appropriately deal with the unknown later in his life. It is crucial to both you and your pup. During this period both you and your puppy will begin to build an emotional bond that will last forever.
There is a prime "window of opportunity" to socialize your puppy and that window is prior to 16 weeks of age. This is when he can learn to handle situations the best way. Take small steps at a time. Socialization can be overwhelming for your puppy. Expose your dog to your neighborhood before taking him out to a dog park. Also try to expose him to different animals, people of different sizes and shapes, and even to children in a positive way. Pay close attention to his reactions. Taking your puppy to doggy daycare is a good way for him to learn to play with other dogs. You will have to make sure that the dogs he is playing with are healthy.
Puppy socialization is very important in the up-bringing of your puppy. It is about puppies and humans establishing a line of communication and understanding. It is not very complicated or even very time consuming but attention during the critical period is imperative. The amount of time you spend now with your puppy teaching him right from wrong, learning to communicate effectively and understanding his world will create an adult dog that happily fits perfectly into your lifestyle.
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