Puppy Socialization.

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While this includes learning to play with other dogs in a friendly way, socialization is much, much more. It is teaching our dog to be comfortable with people, dogs, new and novel things, strange noises, etc. There is evidence that the optimum window for doing this is the dogs first 12 –14 weeks or so of age, after which it gets harder and harder as fears start to emerge from lack of positive exposure to things.

Be sure to work with your veterinarian regarding ensuring your dog is properly vaccinated before allowing him to free roam or interact with unknown dogs but do get him out to meet new people and places EVERY DAY…take his favorite toys and yummy foods to make experiences fun and memorable!

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