Laying a strong foundation for your pup's socialization is vital to ensure your pup grows up to be confident, comfortable, and at ease with whatever daily life throws at them! Simple things such as walking, home visitors, and vet visits can become incredibly stressful and potentially dangerous if they are not exposed properly early on. It's important to begin associating certain experiences with positive outcomes as naturally as possible. For example, let's take a classic. When the mailman comes to the door, it's typical for your pup to get defensive and territorial. However, If you give the mailman a few treats to hand to the little defender, they will begin to associate the mailman with positive experiences. They are still learning the ins and outs of the world, and negative first impressions or too much stimulation can be traumatizing. So, as tempting as it is to show off your new baby at Sunday funday brewery hangs, it may be best to hold off for just a bit until your pup is ready!
Now, this just scratches the surface - if you haven't yet, meet Tanya Lim, CPDT-KA. She is our go-to for all things puppy training and socialization! Watch the video below for the most vital Do's & Don'ts when socializing your pup. Getting ready to go to the vet? Here are a few tips on how to get them prepared!