Socialization is the key to a well-rounded puppy.
The first 16 weeks is the critical socialization period of a dog’s life.
RULES OF SOCIALIZATION:
Make it fun for your puppy!
Don't force your puppy to confront their fears as this can backfire and create an aggressive/fearful response.
Go at your puppy’s pace. Let them initiate each approach to something new and allow them to retreat when they need to feel safe.
Your puppy may be socialized to your household but you need to continue to expose them to new things, places, and contexts.
Pair treats with exposures to make good associations if necessary and remember that socialization is time-sensitive.
Click below for a printable Socialization Checklist!