There are a few different things which should be included in your puppy’s socialization. First, they should be able to play and interact with a variety of dogs, both puppies and full-grown dogs, as well as other animals such as cats, sheep, cows, horses etc during this ‘critical/sensitive’ period. Although your puppy will not be fully vaccinated when he or she begins the socialization process, your puppy along with all dogs your puppy interacts with should be up-to-date on their vaccinations. Socialization with other dogs should continue as the dog becomes an adult.
Another important part of your puppy’s socialization should be interaction with humans, including strangers. Although you do not want to overwhelm your dog by introducing it to too many people (or animals) all at once, it is a good idea to allow your dog to meet a variety of people in different situations. If your dog is not comfortable having strangers pet it, do not push the issue. Allow your puppy to become more comfortable with the person before the person pets the puppy.
Taking your puppy to a variety of places can also help with the dog’s socialization. This may include taking regular car trips with your dog. It also means taking your dog to other places where your dog can encounter new people, dogs, and situations. This can help your puppy to adapt to new situations even into adulthood.
If you are interested in puppy socialization classes, contact us. We have breed specific socialization classes to help your puppy interact with other puppies in a comfortable environment. We also offer other courses, and doggy daycare, to allow your dog to interact with other dogs and have fun even as your puppy becomes an adult dog.