Socialising a puppy is vital for their development. If not done correctly, it can lead to behavioural problems. Here are our tips for getting it right.
Once their vaccinations are up-to-date, socialisation should be your key focus. It’s very important that your puppy interacts with lots of new people and animals, as well as takes part in varied experiences in their early stages so they can work out the right way to behave.
If your puppy isn’t correctly socialised, they can develop phobias and behavioural problems that can be very hard to fix down the track. You should encourage their curiosity and respond positively when they tackle a new experience. If your puppy responds with fear to a new person or animal, it’s important that you don’t make a big deal of it or remove them from the situation briskly. This will only reinforce negativity and lay the foundations for a fearful response in future. If you see your puppy relax and respond warmly to a new experience, reward them with praise.
Introducing him to your family, friends and visitors
At the age of 3 months your puppy’s brain is developing well and has the ability to learn quickly although his attention span is very short and he will be easily distracted. You should observe your puppy and work at his pace. Your puppy will tire easily, so all the experiences should be frequent but short.