Getting a new puppy is one of the most exciting things we can do as a family. We talk about it for ages, deciding what breed to get, buy lots of toys for it and then look forward to the day that we can bring it home.
However, once it is safely within our walls there will be a little hard work to do. We must ensure that the puppy learns to behave appropriately around other people, children and animals, as these are the practices that they will continue to go by as they grow into adulthood, a time when it will be much harder to socialise them. Here are some easy to follow tips on how to make sure your puppy is comfortable and well behaved when out of the home.
It is important to try and socialise your puppy within their first year, as this will help to create good habits for when they are older. They are much more likely to accept this type of training when they are younger, as they will not yet have picked up any bad behaviours such as not listening to you when you give them commands. Young puppies are also less anxious and frightened when it comes to trying new things. They are more curious and willing to investigate things that they have not seen before.
When your puppy is old enough you should try to take it out as much as possible so they can build in confidence. It is important not to overwhelm them however, so if you think they are starting to become stressed then it is time to take them home. As a young dog they will also become tired much more quickly, so it is important to leave the socialising until another day if they appear to be dropping a little. If your puppy is afraid they will often try to make themselves look small, which is a sign that you should finish for the day. If they are happy and comfortable you will notice that they will stand up straight and wag their tail.
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