Proper socialization of a brand-new puppy will set the foundation for the rest of their life!
But how do you socialize a puppy during the coronavirus social distancing protocols?
One of the most important phases in a puppy’s life is socialization. This includes more than being “social” with other dogs, pets and people. Just as importantly, your new puppy needs to be introduced to a variety of:
Today’s puppy blog post will reveal why puppy socialization is so important, the common canine fears and 5 specific steps to socializing your K9 puppy even during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions of social distancing.
WHY is Puppy Socialization So Important?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the first 3 months of your puppy’s life will permanently shape his personality and reactions. After the first 3 months, puppies become more cautious about new experiences explains Fetch by WebMD. “From about 12 to 18 weeks old the opportunity to easily socialize the puppy ends - and with each passing week it becomes harder to get the pup to accept and enjoy something that he’s initially wary of.”
Puppies without proper socialization may begin to develop unnatural K9 fears, anxieties, phobias and even potential aggressive behaviors in response to new situations. You’re your puppy become a happy, well-balanced, stable and friendly canine as he grows and throughout his lifetime.
Six Common Dog Fears
While each dog is unique, there are 6 common dog fears. By knowing these, you can effectively set your puppy up for success!
1. Car Rides,
2. Vet Visits,
3. Meeting Strangers,
5. Noises including fireworks, thunder or vacuums, and
6. Being left alone (separation anxiety).
By slowly, gently and positively exposing and allowing him to adapt to all kinds of sights, sounds and smells, your puppy will learn to be confident without fear or aggression. NEVER force a puppy (or adult dog) to accept a new experience, person, animal or object. Let them explore on their own terms and time in a protected and safe environment.
HOW to Socialize a Puppy?
There are still a variety of things (including the 5 tips below) you can do to properly socialize your puppy and build their confidence with new experiences even during the pandemic restrictions!
The more experiences you safely expose
your puppy to, the better prepared
they will be to positively handle
social interactions without
stress, anxiety or fear!
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American Kennel Club: Puppy Socialization: Why, When and How to Do It Right
Fetch by WebMD: Socializing a New Puppy
AVSAB: Position Statement on Puppy Socialization
Animal Humane Society: Socializing Your Dog
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Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens And Doodles
We are a small family breeder located in the heart of the Ozarks in Northern Arkansas. We breed and raise healthy, happy and well-socialized, quality Golden Retriever, Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Mini Labradoodle, and Aussiedoodle puppies.