“I love children and will do well in any type of environment.”
A 2-year-old Cattledog Mix, Dolphin (aka “Dolf”) is loving, playful and affectionate with a comical side. He is very obedient and walks nicely on leash. This beautiful brown-eyed boy is extremely social with all dogs and people; MagicCityK9.org.
Q: Puppy Socialization: What should I do?
A: Puppy socialization is one of the biggest key points in training a puppy. You may ask why would I need to expose my puppy? Well the fact is that the critical socialization period for puppies is about 8-11 weeks of age. During this time, exposing them to different noises, flooring, sights and people is one of the biggest advantages your puppy can have. Sometimes depending on the dog, missing this period can result in your puppy going through a “ fear period.” Once in this period, training will be a lot more work in order to back track the lack of socialization. Owners are always worrying about the puppy being so young they may get sick so they ask, how can I socialize my puppy? Well even at home in a controlled environment you can expose your puppy to different sounds, you can introduce them to different flooring, and if there are other pets in the house, this can also help with socialization. When first introducing your puppy to new things, you always want to make it a positive experience. If you see your puppy is scared and is getting overwhelmed, take a break and let him try again later with a fresh mindset. This is something so important a lot of owners are not aware of; keeping it fun and positive is the most crucial thing for a puppy. Furthermore, early socialization can help decrease future problems as the puppy grows into an adult. Most fear-based aggression cases are rooted from lack of socialization as a puppy or young dog. So start young! Get your puppies out there and expose them to new things to ensure a smooth training process as they grow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dee Hoult is the owner of Applause Your Paws, South Florida’s largest privately owned pet dog training company. Want to ask Dee a question about your dog? Email Dee@ApplauseYourPaws.com or send a DM on Instagram @ApplauseYourPaws.