Socializing your puppy at a young age is an extremely important aspect of their behavioral growth. Having a properly socialized dog makes for easier vet visits, dog walks, and overall a healthier pup. Socializing your puppy doesn’t mean just playtime with other dogs, it can also be meeting new people, experiencing different environments, or even just a walk around the shopping district. Keeping your dog well-adjusted means they’ll be happier and more comfortable around new dogs and people.
Socializing a puppy around other dogs can begin once they’ve received the necessary vaccines, such as Bordetella, Distemper, Leptospirosis, and Rabies. Socializing in general however, can start as early as possible by introducing them to people outside your household. Have some friends come over, or visit a downtown street where people are often walking around. It is important to make sure that you are in control of the situation; we want any interaction to be a good one! As they grow older, being well-adjusted will make vet or grooming visits, or even just a walk, much less stressful for them.
Once your pup has gotten all of their vaccinations, you can start arranging playtime with other pups! One great way to do this is through god parks or doggy day camps. At Nova Pets Health Center we have great day care options for your dogs, where they will get to have supervised playtime with other dogs their size. We’re always careful to introduce our new pups, and keep them with groups of dogs that they are comfortable and happy with. For more information, please check out our website at www.novapetshealthcenter.com.