Every season is puppy season! At Buddies we welcome pups all year round, and we encourage introductory grooming visits for all breeds in addition to these helpful socialization tips.
Loud and unfamiliar sounds are some of the most startling for dogs throughout their lifetime. Puppies should be introduced to different sounds from birth and through the early socialization window (to about 12-16 weeks, depending on the breed). With positive experiences, puppies should learn to recover quickly from being startled. Some noises puppies may hear in everyday life include:
A pup learns to love you and your family, but it is also important they interact with as many different types of people as possible. One example is dogs are more frequently greeted by women, and so they commonly develop shyness around men. Bringing your pup into a public environment where different people may calmly approach or feed treats to Fido is one way to combat future reactivity to humans other than your family. Think of the people your pup is already used to, and what they haven't seen:
Is your puppy an only child, or a younger sibling to another pet? A shared bond with a furry family member is a wonderful relationship, but young dogs also need to learn the social cues of other canines and animals. They should learn to be polite with their fellow species, in addition to unafraid of new or strange critters. Some animals may be easier to introduce to your puppy than others, depending on your location:
Objects can be the most tricky, since this subject is a bit vague and simply consists of things. The things your puppy encounters, uses, or observes everyday in your home, outside, or in various environments can be just about anything to everything. Some objects are situational, while others are an everyday occurrence. For a plan of attack, objects can be categorized:
Everything your puppy experiences is absorbed like a sponge - they will grow into their own little personalities and understand the world based on the outcome of encounters throughout their socialization. We encourage puppies to visit Buddies and schedule an introductory grooming session or our Puppy Package to set up successful and positive grooming for your puppy's future!
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