March 01, 2019
Positive socialisation practices are a critical for your puppy Dogs that are under socialised may become shy, fearful and sometimes even aggressive. They may not develop the appropriate canine body language necessary to interact well with other dogs or know how to behave appropriately around people. In contrast, puppies that have been well socialised generally grow into happy, conﬁdent dogs. Socialising your puppy involves introducing him to a whole range of new experiences including meeting different types of people, dogs, other animals, places, smells and noises. Puppies should be introduced to new situations gently and be rewarded for calm behaviour. Remember that socialisation should continue throughout your dog's life. . Remember that until your puppy is fully protected by vaccination, they: *Should only mix with dogs whose vaccinations are fully up to date *Should not be taken to parks or areas where other dogs have toileted
Tips for choosing a Puppy School class
Puppy School training classes are a great way to start socialising and training your puppy. Here you can get good advice on basic training, puppies can meet a wide range of other puppies of all shapes and sizes, as well as different people. Puppy classes should be well structured and organized and not just a free play session for puppies as this can frighten young or less confident puppies. Off-lead play should be carefully managed and supervised with just a few puppies off lead for short periods. The trainer should use positive reinforcement training methods. In addition, class sizes should be limited to no more than 10 puppies.
Veterinarians can often recommend where to find good puppy classes, and a local veterinary clinic may well run one.
Socialising with other animals Socialisation is not simply a matter of letting your puppy play with other dogs.
It is very important that you select the dogs that you allow your puppy to interact with and supervise play sessions making sure all dogs involved are behaving appropriately. As your puppy’s guardian you must supervise these play sessions and make sure there is no bullying occurring either by your puppy or to him. If either situation is occurring simply end the play session and try again another day. Take care when introducing your dog to other dogs while on the leash. Often people allow their dogs to jump all over another dog while they stand there chatting. The best way to introduce dogs on leash is to allow them to approach side on, have a quick sniff and step back for a moment. Reward your dog for this brief but friendly interaction and have him sit or wait patiently beside you. Introduce your puppy to other animals such as cats at an early age. To a small puppy, an adult cat may be very terrifying, so supervise these meetings to make sure they are positive encounters for both your puppy and the other animal.