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Socialization

Puppies need socialization, or exposure to new things, in the first four months of their lives to help them grow into happy, confident adult dogs. At this stage, their curiosity about new things outweighs their fear of the unknown. After four months of age, the window of opportunity starts to close, and new things may cause stress instead. Puppies could develop behavioral issues like fear aggression, separation anxiety or dog-to-dog reactivity if they aren’t properly socialized as puppies. 

Start by slowly introducing your puppy to your family and friends; no big parties that may overwhelm him! He can meet respectful dogs one by one, but stay away from dog parks because there may be unvaccinated dogs playing there.

Practice handling for future visits to the vet or groomer by slowly massaging all parts of the body, including paws so nail trimming won’t be scary. Expose your puppy to new sounds like the vacuum cleaner or the doorbell. Sing, read or simply talk to your baby, and reward generously if he responds to his name. Never yell at your puppy, no matter how frustrated you may be. He’ll learn to fear you and you won’t develop the bond that you both want and need.

Just like people, each dog is an individual. Any dog is capable of being friendly, social, fearful or aggressive. Get to know your puppy’s specific personality and traits. Respect him for who he is and he’ll be your best friend for life!