Puppy socialization is very important. From 7 weeks to 4 months of age, your puppy goes through a socialization period that shapes his/her personality forever. How you choose to expose them to a wide variety of things can make a big impact on their personality.
Proper socialization helps your puppy acclimate new sights, sounds and smells. Proper socialization can prevent future unnecessary fears or aggression issues.
Slowly introduce your puppy to new sights, sounds, and smells. To a puppy, the whole world is new, strange, and sometimes scary! Try to find as many people (including children), places, and noises as you can to help your pup get used to his or her new world.
Make It Fun!
As we know, puppies like to play. Make new things a positive experience for them by either making it a game or rewarding them with a tantalizing treat! If it becomes overwhelming, time to do something else!
Puppy socialization can be had at a puppy class! Big-box pet stores offer puppy classes, where individuals gather to allow their puppies to greet and play with other, strange puppies. This helps them have better “manners” when meeting new friends as adults.
Involve the Whole Family
Exposing your pup to different people of different ages ensures your puppy becomes used to all people.
Don’t rush! Every puppy is different, and some may become accustomed to new things faster than others. Pushing your puppy before they are comfortable may have adverse effects.
Once your puppy is used to smaller stimuli, and they’ve had their vaccinations (very important), you’ll be able to go into public places with them, such as a pet supply store or a park.