tips to help you socialise your puppy
• Your puppy’s socialisation should have started around three weeks – well before you acquire him. Ask the person that you are obtaining the puppy from whether the puppy has had an opportunity to interact with dogs other than littermates, other animals and a variety of humans.
• Your puppy should meet a range of people from a young age.
• Make sure your puppy is used to being groomed on a daily basis, as this will help to make him relaxed with these activities when he is older.
• Expose your puppy to a range of different experiences: other animals, unexpected objects on the ground, prams or pushers. Rides in the car and loud noises such as skateboards are all new, and potentially scary, experiences to a puppy.
• Using a food reward when your puppy displays relaxed behaviour in a new environment or situation is a good way to create a positive association.
• Never force your pup to approach anyone or anything; let them explore on their own terms, quietly praising and encouraging when they boldly approach by themselves.
• If your puppy shows signs of fear or nervousness, act as you would like your puppy to act – happy and cheerful. Your puppy will pick up more from your confident vibes than from words of reassurance, which may unintentionally sound like praise for the fearful behaviour.
• Puppies get tired or overwhelmed easily, so break socialisation activities into short periods and keep an eye on your puppy to make sure he is not overwhelmed by the situation.