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Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting time but it can also be a lot of work. Here are a few pointers to help make owning your dog a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved.


Between the ages of 7 and 14 weeks your puppy goes through what is called the SOCIALISATION PERIOD.

This is the time at which your puppy is receptive to novel experiences and more likely to take them in its stride. By introducing it to everything it will encounter throughout life whilst still at a young age, ideally within this socialisation period, you increase the chances of having a well adjusted, confident, adult dog. If carefully exposed to a variety of experiences - people, animals, smells etc. your dog will learn to accept them. A lot of the problems we see in practice are a result of poor socialisation.


Think about what you want your dog to be comfortable with in its adult life. Here is a list of suggested experiences to get your puppy used to:


Each puppy is different and some need more gradual exposure to new things than others. Watch your puppy for signs of fear and go at a pace that is suitable for them. Don’t be surprised if it takes weeks to get your puppy used to certain things.


If your puppy has a fearful response to anything, avoid reassuring the puppy too much because you are more likely to reinforce the fearful behaviour. By acting as though nothing scary is happening and allowing the puppy to observe you being calm you demonstrate that there is nothing to fear. Reward calm confident behaviour at all opportunities. The main thing is to make all experiences fun with treats, praise and play.


Socialising vs Vaccinations


Owners often ask how they can socialise their puppies when they are not yet vaccinated. Whilst it is important that contact with unvaccinated dogs is avoided until one week after their second vaccination, your puppy doesn’t have to stay confined to the house. On the contrary – carry your puppy about so it can meet people and hear strange noises. In addition, contact with friendly dogs which you KNOW are vaccinated in a safe environment is fine.