For many families, the holidays will mean new additions that often include puppies. While the first few weeks with a new puppy may be exciting and somewhat challenging, it is also a very important time for the puppy’s development. From birth to six months of age, puppies need to be properly socialized to encourage appropriate behavior later in life. This socialization provides the foundation for how your puppy will respond in situations later in life. Interaction with strangers, children, people with disabilities, veterinary staff, other animals, and yes, even inanimate objects, will all depend on how a puppy has been socialized during this critical time. Many veterinary clinics and professional dog trainers offer socialization classes for puppies and their new families in order to provide a controlled environment in which puppies can be set up to have successful interactions and be monitored by a professional. A benefit to these events is that if a puppy responds in a negative manner, there is someone there to interpret what went wrong and assist with making corrections to avoid negative situations in the future. Demonstrations on how to handle your puppy and train it to be familiar with that handling may also be available in association with socialization classes. Training your puppy to allow for handling is very beneficial for veterinary visits as well as in an emergency. Remember to set your puppy up for success and that patience, persistence, and praise go a long way when socializing and training your new best friend.
We also offer puppy socialization classes for FREE at Animal Central on Wednesday nights from 7 – 8 p.m. Bring your puppy over for some much needed playtime or visit our website for more information: http://www.animalcentral.net/classes.php
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on puppy socialization or visit: http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/puppy-socialization.html
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff