Some people don’t give their pups the right amount of socialization because they are worried about them catching a disease. However, what we can do as pet owners is balance the need for socialization with the risk of disease. By controlling the conditions, you are minimizing risk.
Our job as pup owners is to expose our pup to as many different experiences as possible to ensure that as our dog grows, they are happy in their new surroundings.
Low risk experiences you can try with your pup
- Carrying your puppy out and about with you
- Introducing your puppy to public transport (buses, trains)
- Visiting friends and family
- Getting your pup used to busy areas
- Car and cab journeys
- Inviting visitors with fully vaccinated dogs to your house
Constantly reinforcing positive experiences is important for behavioural development as your pup continues to adulthood.
Exposing a puppy from a young age to the sights and sounds of human life lessons the risk of fear of noises or vehicles (such as buses ). Having a dog that is used to other dogs and people from a young age makes life so much easier.