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Doberman's 09-15-2007 09:34 AM

How To: Socialize your new pup.
So you got yourself a new puppy or dog and you want them to become a well adjusted canine citizen, socializing them in many different ways is one of the keys to having that awesome dog that is well adjusted and more importantly a happy dog.

So where do you start ? Start socializing at home, get you pup use to new noises in the house. The banging of pots and pans can be scary at first so while you cook keep you dog/pup in the kitchen while you make normal noises, remember to always add praise and talk to your pup normally. Never coodle a pup you want everything to seem normal to them coddling can have a negative effect re-enforcing that the pup has something to be scared of. Do everything as you normally would.

Have the radio on and/or the TV on, this helps to soothe with background noise. It is a good idea to have a radio playing sogtly at night where you new pup sleeps to ease any seperation anxiety your pup may be feeling.

Once properly vaccinated for parvo and other diseases:

The most important way to socialize your new pup/dog is to enroll in obedience classes. This is an awesome way to socialize your pup or dog. They learn in a class enviroment that people and dogs are OK. It is also the best way to teach your new pup/dog the manners it needs to be a good dog!

Take your pup everywhere you go, take him for walks to a park, keeping him on a leash but allow people all kinds of people to play with your pup and pet your pup, this will allow your pup to see people are good and nothing to fear. Allow people with dogs to approach and let your pup sniff them, if at all possible allow your puppy to play with these dogs/pups this teaches your pup that other dogs are OK. It is a good idea to keep your pup on leash at first for several reason but most importantly is so that your puppy learns that being on a leash is OK and that when a new dog approaches it is ok. Leash aggression can be a big issue with dogs not properly socialised on a leash at a young age. Get him use to the sight of bicylces, skateboards and people pulling wagons with childre in them.

Take your pup to a place where there are lots of children. Socializing with children is one of the most important advantages you cna give your new puppy. Pups learn that children of all ages are fun to be with and of no harm to them. This is so important, too many adult dogs never got the chance to learn children are good and have bitten children when they are older which can mean a death sentence to the dog. If you have friends with children young and/or older take the time to let your puppy play with them, supervised of course but the more your pup plays with children the better adjusted he/she will be.

Take your puppy for car rides, but never leave your puppy unattended in the car. In the summer a car heats up very fast and leaving your pup in the car can cause heat exhaustion and ultimately death.

Take your pup/dog to the beach. Allow you pup the fun of playing in the water and on the sand, This is always a very fun way to play with and socialize you new dog and pup. :)

If you can take your pup to a farm to meet other animals such as horses. This is a great way to desensitze your puppy to other animals it may encounter over it's lifetime.

Take your pup/new dog to petstores that allow dogs. This is another great way for him to get use to people, children and other animals.

Get him use to loud noises such as clapping, popcorn popping, cars honking and other louds noises. With noises act as if everything is normal it may take some time but be patience and understanding but do not coddle just praise when the pup is calm and go about doing what you were.

The more you do with your pup/dog, the more places you take him, the more people, dogs children and animals he meets, the more adjusted he will be and the more able he will be to handle new situtations he may find himself in later on in life.

Best wishes with your new puppy/dog. :)

montanagal 09-15-2007 01:30 PM

Great thread Doberman's! And just in time, as I have just got a new puppy.:D

pepper 09-15-2007 02:28 PM

ive done all those things but my puppy who is 8 months now, still barks and is timid. with people and some dogs. ive tried everything.

Doberman's 09-15-2007 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by pepper (Post 142119)
ive done all those things but my puppy who is 8 months now, still barks and is timid. with people and some dogs. ive tried everything.

Pepper , it is time to seek the help of a behaviourist for your puppy. :) Some pups just need the extra help. Best wishes.

applesmom 09-15-2007 03:29 PM

Great information! :applaud:

Applying these principles within the first critical 16 weeks could eliminate at least half if not more of the reasons dogs wind up in shelters.:thumb:

agilityk9trainer 09-16-2007 01:12 AM

Good info every new puppy owner should read and follow.

pepper 09-16-2007 02:09 AM

thanks dobermans, i think your right. i have to find out how much it will cost me . but im sure she is all worth it.

Bailey-lover 09-16-2007 03:27 AM

Great Post:)

AbbiePritchard 09-17-2007 03:36 PM

Great useful post...Abbie starts behavioural lessons next month!

kambo13 10-07-2008 06:17 AM

Very Very Very useful post for me :)

Thank you very much

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