Jan. 16, 2012
What is socialization in terms of my dog?
Socialization is the process of developing relationships by exposing a young puppy to a variety of situations in a calm, non-threatening manner.
Why is it important that I socialize my new puppy?
Puppies are a joy in life, but if owners do not begin to socialize them at the best time (when they are between seven weeks and six months old), they can develop behavioral problems later in life.
A well-socialized puppy…
· - Understands that the world is a safe place to live.
· - Is able to remain calm and confident in a variety of situations.
· - Is much more likely to become a well-mannered, loving member of your family.
· - Is much less likely to develop certain aggressive behaviors.
In the next blog post, we will discuss Puppy Kindergarten classes now being offered at Palmyra Animal Hospital. But in the meantime, there are a couple basic concepts to keep in mind.
First, when still a puppy, gradually introduce him or her to as many new experiences and people as possible. That way, he or she will learn things are a part of the environment and will be less likely to show aggression toward them.
In addition to other experiences, let him meet, sniff and play with other dogs while is young. It may be best to find a dog around his age to play with; older dogs may not enjoy the kind of rambunctious playing puppies enjoy.
Is your dog exhibiting a particularly frustrating behavior that you don’t know how to fix? Add your questions to the comment section below or email