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How Do I Socialize My Puppy Before Vaccinations? When Can You Take Your Puppy In Public?
Learn how to socialize a dog or puppy with this tutorial video.
One of the most important aspects of owning a dog is making sure you socialize them. A dog who is not socialized well can become fearful and fearful dogs turn aggressive.
If you have a young puppy the most important thing is to socialize them. You only have one chance to do it right. The most important time to socialize your puppy is between 8 weeks and 3 – 4 months. If you want any longer you will have a puppy who has serious problems.
Well-socialized puppies usually develop into safer, more relaxed and enjoyable pet dogs. This is because they’re more comfortable in a wider variety of situations than poorly socialized dogs, so they’re less likely to behave fearfully or aggressively when faced with something new. Poorly socialized dogs are much more likely to react with fear or aggression to unfamiliar people, dogs and experiences. Dogs who are relaxed about honking horns, cats, cyclists, veterinary examinations, crowds and long stairwells are easier and safer to live with than dogs who find these situations threatening. Well-socialized dogs also live much more relaxed, peaceful and happy lives than dogs who are constantly stressed out by their environment.
Socialization isn’t an “all or nothing” project. You can socialize a puppy a bit, a lot, or a whole lot. The wider the range of experiences you expose him to, the better his chances are of being comfortable in a wide variety of situations as an adult.