Socialization

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Introduce your puppy to new folks who are wearing sunglasses.

Lots of early exposure leads to a calm dog.

Lots of early exposure leads to a calm dog.

Be prepared with treats for people to offer your puppy.

Be prepared with treats for people to offer your puppy.

Every outing is an opportunity to introduce your puppy to new people.

Every outing is an opportunity to introduce your puppy to new people.

Stay focused on your puppy as he meets new people.

Stay focused on your puppy as he meets new people.

Introduce your puppy to folks wearing hats.

Introduce your puppy to folks wearing hats.

People love to meet puppies. Capitalize on it!

People love to meet puppies. Capitalize on it!

Be sure to keep your puppy’s leash loose and untangled when meeting other dogs on leash.

Be sure to keep your puppy’s leash loose and untangled when meeting other dogs on leash.


Other Puppies and Friendly Dogs

Learning about body language and how dogs communicate is valuable and fascinating. For more information on this, we highly recommend reading The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. A special thank you to the folks at Doggone Right for allowing us to photograph some of the pictures (seen below) at their training facility in Toronto.

Dog-to-dog socialization is a very important aspect of A puppy learns to inhibit the force of his bite through your puppy’s life.

Dog-to-dog socialization is a very important aspect of your puppy’s life.

A puppy learns to inhibit the force of his bite through your puppy’s life. play with other dogs.

A puppy learns to inhibit the force of his bite through play with other dogs.

Puppies hone their social skills and hunting Dogs communicate largely through body language. techniques, during play time.

Puppies hone their social skills and hunting techniques, during play time.

Dogs communicate largely through body language. techniques, during play time. Sometimes dog play can appear frightening to the uneducated eye.

Dogs communicate largely through body language. Sometimes dog play can appear frightening to the uneducated eye.

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Allowing tension or pulling back on your leash when your puppy meets other dogs sends the wrong message to your puppy. This action could lead to stress which could lead to aggression, and in turn, a dog fight.

The best way to teach healthy dog social skills is to allow your puppy playtime with other dogs in a safe, controlled “off-leash” environment.

The reality is your puppy will meet other dogs while on-leash. Use common sense and keep these dogs safe.

This is one more reason that a well run socialization class is invaluable to the development of your puppy. It is still the best opportunity your puppy will have to socialize in a safe environment with other puppies off-leash.