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Socialising your puppy – Part 2

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At 8 weeks we started to introduce the idea of “socialising” your puppy with the big wide world. This is an exciting part of your puppy’s development for both you and them, everything is new and this is your opportunity to help them understand what’s going on in their surroundings.

It’s important that your puppy learns about the places and things they will normally see, your house, the local park, maybe local shops and all the people and other animals they will meet regularly. In addition to this it’s also important that they experience lots of other situations and feel confident.

Take a look at our list of new experience suggestions below:

Get the basics right first

  • Make sure you have a correctly fitted harness or collar.
  • Before your puppies vaccinations he shouldn’t be allowed contact with other animals.
  • It’s also handy to teach him basic recall and sit commands.
  • Remember to let your puppy explore the new person or surrounding in their own time. Try not to push them in to a situation where they feel unsure.

Has your puppy experienced

  • Adults and children  of both sexes
  • Elderly people or those with a disability
  • Other dogs of various breeds
  • Cats, squirrels, birds and other pets
  • The post and milk man/woman
  • Traffic, a rubbish truck, bus and train
  • Door bell, phone, washing machine, hair dryer, the shower and other household noises
  • Loud music

Here are some ideas of places to visit

  • Children’s playgrounds
  • A bus stop and train station
  • Local shopping area
  • Puppy parties (often run at veterinary practices)
  • Puppy training classes
  • The beach
  • A country fair
  • Friends’ houses
  • Local sports match
  • A dog friendly pub
  • A large car park

Good luck, we’d love to see photos of your puppies exploring. You can upload them to your timeline here and share them if you wish in the Community Gallery.


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