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At a very young age, let your puppy get used to things around the house. Then move outside and to the neighborhood to see what's there. After that, and when the pup is older, at least four months of age, start venturing out to a few of these things. As your dog's confidence gets better, visit more places and introduce more sounds. Be careful not to expose your dog to too much, too soon. A little bit at a time is just fine!

 

Hopefully your puppy grew up with a litter of brothers and sisters. It's with them that puppies learn to get along with others. They also learn to control their biting. It's important to let your puppy play with other dogs as he's growing up.

As soon as your puppy has had his vaccinations, or shots, take him or her to a puppy class. Here your dog will get opportunities to play with pups his own age. When your pup plays too rough with his mouth, the other puppy will let him know it's too much. This is how to get a well adjusted dog, one that will get along with other dogs, and one that won't bite you.

Take a look at this video of Bonnie learning to play with a bigger dog. Notice how Shelby, the Golden Retriever is teaching her not to bite too hard.

 

Below are some experiences you will want to share with your dog so that he becomes comfortable with strange people, places, sounds, and things. A socialized dog is a dog who is fun to be with.

People

Places

Sounds

Introduce to people
of different

ethnic origins

People who are:
walking
running
bending
hopping
crawling
swimming
bathing
carrying things
 

People who
are riding:

bicycles
skateboards
wagons

 

friends' houses
pet store
outdoor mall
car rides
veterinary office
obedience classes
park
beach

Surfaces:
grass
concrete
gravel
asphalt
slippery floor
stairs
sand or dirt
rocks
snow
puddles
rocks

 doorbell
TV
radio
pots and pans
vacuum
stereo
clapping
dropping things
whistle
sirens
singing
car honking
balloons popping
noisemakers (party)
popcorn popping
electric saw
blender

What other things can you think of to socialize your puppy or dog?

 

Introduce your puppy to many things: umbrellas, balloons, remote control or moving toys, dog crates, other animals (pet cats, hamsters, and birds).

Be very careful not to scare your dog. Just walk him past the object as you are walking like it's no big deal.

Introduce your dog to your cat.

 

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collie puppy with disc

Click below to see an entry from
Bonnie the Collie's New Puppy blog
telling how we socialized her one day while walking in the neighborhood.
She was four months old.

Here's the video and story.
Be sure to check it out!

 

 

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