Socialise your puppy and give him the best start in life
Socialisation. It looks and sounds like a big, important word. And indeed it
Now that you've taken on your puppy, you owe it to him to make sure he grows into a
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Your puppy and other people
It might be stating the obvious, but people come in different shapes and sizes - and ideally - your puppy should encounter them all. Get him used to strangers, but be careful they don't overwhelm your new pet in their show of affection.
It's important that your puppy becomes acquainted with children, too. Even if there aren't children in the house, get him to meet some outside. One proven suggestion is to take him to the vicinity of a school; children will need no encouragement to make a fuss of your cuddly new charge. But don't forget that puppies can become tired quickly, so make sure that meeting times with other people are kept quite short, and give your puppy time to rest.
Let your puppy go to the dogs
A crucial aspect of
By being around adult dogs, your puppy will learn to respect his elders, even going so far as being "told off" by an older dog if he gets a little over-excited.
But be careful that your puppy doesn't become overwhelmed by a bigger, playful dog. The last thing you want is for him to be frightened, so make sure you're on hand to crouch down to his level and provide a safe haven if necessary.
There's no reason why your puppy shouldn't meet other four-legged friends, such as cats, horses and even farm animals. This kind of exposure will pay dividends as your puppy grows into a confident, friendly adult dog.
Your puppy and other places
As part of the
If you would like more detailed information about socialising, your vet will be happy to recommend further reading. You might like to consider enrolling on a puppy socialisation class which many vets hold. You can attend when your puppy is between 12 and 18 weeks old.