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What Is Socialization?
Like it sounds, socialization is the process of introducing your pup to daily life in a
comfortable way. Daily life can include loud noises, like vacuum cleaners or hair
dryers, as well as people of all ages and colors, hats, other animals, and much more.
When your puppy feels comfortable in daily surroundings, he's more likely to be
happy and easy-going. However, you may not realize how critical it is to socialize
your puppy in the first weeks of life. Some dogs who are isolated during their first
weeks never grow into relaxed and fun pets.
According to the American Kennel Club, “From 7 weeks to 4 months of age, your
puppy goes through a socialization period that permanently shapes his future
personality and how he will react to things in his environment as an adult. Gently
exposing him to a wide variety of people, places, and situations now makes a huge,
permanent difference.”

How You Can Set Up Socialization
Opportunities for Your Puppy
Because this socialization process starts so young, good breeders will ensure
socialization opportunities for new litters. They may do this by inviting trusted
friends and family members over to interact with the puppies when they’re small.
However, if you’re adopting a pup from a shelter, you obviously have no control over
their early days and weeks, yet you can see from their behavior if they’re friendly or
skittish. Remember, though, just because a pup is skittish, that doesn't mean he
won't develop confidence given time and training.
Experienced shelter staff can make educated recommendations for you if you're
looking to adopt. No matter whether you buy or adopt your puppy, one way you can
socialize him is to invite friends and family members over to meet your new pup.
Blue Cross for Pets says, “Meeting adults and children should be the most important
item on your socialisation programme as it’s especially important that pet dogs enjoy
their company. The more people your puppy meets and plays with, the more friendly

and sociable your puppy will become. Take your puppy to your friend’s houses and
invite friends to your house!”
You can also enroll your puppy in puppy training classes and take extra care to make
sure your puppy meets a variety of people. For example, if you don’t have children,
try to arrange for your puppy to meet dog-friendly children. You also want your dog
to meet (and play with) other friendly dogs.

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