“I have been reminded a few times already today of the importance of socialization for puppies as well as how many owners do not understand how critical this is for young dogs. I believe that socialization needs to continue throughout a dog’s life and the ideas really are endless. Part 1 is from a handout for our puppy students, so it is rather brief. We will discuss socialization in more detail in further posts.”
Most of us have heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This saying rings true when it comes to socializing your puppy. The goal of socialization is to expose your dog to as many new people, sounds, noises, objects, locations, animals, and surfaces as possible. When doing this, we want to make each new experience a positive one for the puppy. We do this to create a confident, well adjusted dog and to prevent certain behaviour problems from developing in the future.
An even-tempered dog who has been well socialized and is a trained dog will be a joy to travel with, take to parks and any new environments. If dogs are not properly socialized, they can develop a fear of anything new or any change in their life. This can lead to shyness, stress and aggression.
Some key points in proper socialization are outlined below: