Puppy Socialisation

Socialisation is so important to having a well rounded and confident puppy who bounces back from stress in everyday life.

Socialising a puppy means for them to see something as a normal everyday part of life, no threat and no big deal. Socialisation occurs mainly during a specific time in your puppies life, this can vary breed to breed but in the main occurs from birth to 14-16 weeks. Here are our top tips for puppy socialisation:

-Keep all interactions positive! Never force your puppy to interact. Whether it is a person, dog or even something odd in the street if they react with fear such as backing away, hiding or growling then give them distance and time and let them choose to see if they are ok with it.

-Puppy parties can sound like a great idea. However, they can often do more harm than good unless run by dog behaviour professionals. Keep away from sessions where the puppies are not effectively monitored or given breaks where needed.
An hour is often too long for puppies and they are likely going to learn to display overtired and frustrated behaviours by the end. Always err on the side of caution. Remember that the experiences your puppy has now will help shape them the remainder of their life.

-Instead, try meeting up with friends friendly adult dogs, they will likely be teaching your puppy far more about being a dog than running wild with other puppies!

-Ensure that handling and grooming is on your socialisation list too! So many pups can grow into adults who struggle with being handled for basic procedures such as nail clips or bathing if they are not introduced to it while they are young. By taking your puppy to an experienced and qualified groomer they can help introduce your puppy to the experience at a steady pace. We highly recommend Mystars Grooming who offer a superb Puppy Diploma that introduces your puppy to the grooming process in a compassionate manner.

-Introduce your puppy to a variety of different sounds young. Play sounds VERY softly and quietly (barely audible to begin with) in the background at home to help them get used to those noises. You can find some great noises here .
Only increase the volume over a few sessions if your puppy isn’t reacting the noises.

-Take your puppy to a variety of different places and let them watch the world go by. Taking a puppy out with a mat and kong can be an ideal way to teach them that life just happens around them happens and is no big deal.

Puppies do not grow out of behaviour problems so if you have an anxious puppy and would like to help increase their confidence then please contact us.
The sooner that work is started, the easier the problem will be to handle.