Dogs are social creatures who are not meant to be isolated or live alone. For new puppies, starting the process of introducing them to other people and dogs when they are young is important and can have long-term benefits. If you’re the proud new parent of a pup, consider the following about what you should know about puppy socialization and how Happy Pup Manor can help you meet your dog’s socialization goals—
There are multiple benefits to socializing your puppy. A well-socialized puppy will feel more comfortable in social situations, will be more confident in new environments, and is likely to be better behaved around new animals and humans. Socializing your puppy is also good for their physical and mental wellbeing—a puppy who is socialized has an opportunity to play, which is a good form of exercise but also contributes to a puppy’s happiness.
Puppy socialization can begin at a young age. Puppies are best at handling new experiences between ages three and 12 weeks; after this, they become more cautious about unfamiliar experiences. Keep in mind, however, that it’s important to exercise caution when socializing a puppy that isn’t fully vaccinated.
Once your puppy reaches 12 weeks of age, socialization should continue. This means continuing to introduce your puppy to new environments and reinforcing positive social interactions, like playing with other dogs and good behavior when meeting new people. You can encourage puppy socialization by visiting dog parks, scheduling puppy play dates, and going on new outings where there will be other people and animals.
At Happy Pup Manor, we can help you meet your goals for socializing your puppy. We offer puppy training classes that not only teach good behaviors and basic commands, but also offer your puppy the opportunity to interact with other humans and dogs in a safe and monitored environment. In addition to our training programs, we also offer puppy and dog boarding services. When you board your puppy with us, they’ll get tons of playtime with other dogs throughout the day, as well as cuddles from our staff.
To learn more about puppy socialization and our puppy boarding and puppy training programs, please call us directly today or send us a message online. You can book your pup’s stay right on our website.