Puppy Socialization

Set your puppy up for a stress-free life through early exposure.

Introduction - Read This First!

Socialization may sound like it’s just having a bunch of fun with your puppy… because it is! Socializing means introducing a young puppy to all of the different people, places, things, sounds, and surfaces to walk on that you can think of. This way they won’t be afraid of these things when they see them later a an adult. It’s actually a lot of work, but it’s fun work! 

The Critical Socialization Period: How To Raise Happy and Fearless Puppies!

The “Critical Socialization Period” is the time before 4 months when it’s the most important for puppies to experience all the new things in the world like people, places, objects, and sounds. This way when they’re older, these things won’t be new or scary and the puppies won’t be fearful of other new things either. 

Socializing Leads To…
Confident Dogs
NOT Socializing Leads To…
Fearful Dogs!

How Do I SocializeMy Puppy From 2-4 Months Old?


Socializing a puppy that's 2-4 months old is actually really easy. Just take them to meet lots of different people, go to different places, and just have lots of different experiences! Invite over your friends and family and make sure your puppy sees all different kinds of  things like hats, beards, tall people, short people, people in wheelchairs, everything!

Socializing With People

Having an adult dog that is comfortable with all sorts of people starts with a puppy who interacts with them all at a young age!

Puppies Must Meet 100 New People Before 4 Months Old:

Time To Get To Work!

Exposure To New Places

Just like with people, an adult dog will be afraid to go to new places if they didn’t get out much as a puppy. This can be fixed, but it’s much easier to do when they’re younger!

Socializing With Other Dogs And Animals

It’s very important for dogs to interact with other puppies and adult dogs of all sizes, shapes, and personalities. This is how they learn to behave appropriately as an adult.

Exposure To Sounds And Objects

“Weird” objects and loud sounds can be very stressful for an adult dog who hasn’t been around them from a young age and learned that the world is actually a very safe place. It might be time to plan a field trip!

Puppy Socialization Checklist​

You’ve got a lot of work to do! It’s your job to make sure your puppy see and interacts with all these new things as soon as possible!

How Do I Socialize My Puppy From 5 Months And Older?

Socialization for an older puppy or an adult dog can still be fun, but takes just a little more work. They may be a little unsure about some new things, so you’ll have to use treats to make everything fun and awesome. 

If your dog seems to be more fearful than this, you may have to do some FEAR TRAINING to help them over their fears. A good trainer will also be super helpful for this. 

How Do I Help My Adult Dog Socialize?

Socializing for adult dogs can be a little tricky if you don’t know how they’re going to react to some new things. It may take a bit more patience, lots of treats, and the help of a good trainer. Once again, understanding how to do FEAR TRAINING can help a lot with this. The following video gives you an idea of how adult dogs can benefit from socializing and experiencing new things, but for more information on how to keep your adult dog happy and social, head over to the lesson on SOCIALIZING FOR ADULT DOGS

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