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socializationSocialization is a key point in how your puppy will grow into a well-mannered adult.  The first 4-12 weeks seem to be the most important time when the puppy starts to learn sounds, smells, sights, and even begins to make relationships with living beings in its environment.  By proper socialization, you will reduce the possibility of fearful responses, timidness, aggression, and irreversible fears. Here are some tips:

  • Early handling

  • Introduce puppy to as many new people and situations as possible

  • Enroll in puppy classes

  • Take to veterinary office multiple times, even if not getting anything done, just to visit and let the puppy become comfortable within the environment

  • Take lots of walks and have treats to give to strangers to give to your puppy

One of the healthiest things you can do for your puppy is give him lots of love and attention.  Dogs are extremely loyal by nature and are happy when they please you. Puppies can get lonely if you do not spend enough time with them. Dogs benefit from being petted by humans as much as humans do from petting dogs. Spend time with your little companion. Play, talk, pet, and love your puppy. You will both be happier and healthier.

pupppywithballresized-300x300Toys are great for your puppy’s development but there are some guidelines to follow.

Only have two toys down on the floor at one time.

If you have more than two, your puppy will most likely think that anything within reach is his/hers and won’t be able to recognize the difference between your stuff and his/hers.  We do recommend a variety of different toys for your puppy, but only two on the floor at once.

Also practice gently taking toys from the puppy.  Say thank you and return the object as you tell your puppy to take it.  Repeat this training task multiple times daily in multiple locations.  In fact, toy-handling exercises can be used to teach the “give” command.

If the puppy learns that something good comes when relinquishing objects, you should soon be able to handle any toy that your puppy has.  Your puppy will learn that it is okay for you to handle his/her possessions, and that you will give them back.

handling food bowlsAcclimate your puppy to having his/her food and possessions touched by humans.

You need to teach the puppy that you are not going to take away the food and not give it back.  Handle the food bowl while your puppy eats, pet your puppy and every now and then lift the bowl, place in a special treat, and return it. This way the puppy learns to tolerate intrusions and disturbance while it eats and will not be startled and react aggressively should something unexpected happen while eating.

Also, when giving food make sure to have the puppy sit and stay, then put the food in the appropriate place, and once food is in its place then tell the puppy it’s OK.

This will tell your puppy that you are the alpha (leader) and you are in control.

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James Cosby II
James Cosby II
posted 6 months ago

I have utilized the boarding facility numerous times over the past 3 years. The staff is friendly and courteous. I own 4 American Bullies and they do a wonderful job with them. They treat my dogs as I would treat my dogs and that's with the utmost love and care. The facility is immaculate. I have them wash my dogs and they do a superb job. I highly recommend them if you are looking for boarding and/or grooming. Utilizing their services is money well spent.

Cheryl Posey
Cheryl Posey
posted 1 month ago

I've been taking my dogs to Dr Jim for almost 16 years and can't say enough good things about him, the other vets and staff. Everyone has taken such good care of my pets, I can't imagine going anywhere else. I truly believe that if it weren't for the excellent care my Pomeranian Fiona has received during the past three years with Dr Jim, thst she wouldn't be here with me today.

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