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.