If you have just gotten a puppy, the socialization phase is an important period in the animal’s life. Between 8 and 12 weeks old, the puppy is still fearless and it is important to have positive experiences with everything he or she will encounter for the rest of their life. At our brand, the values of happiness, explore, and care are central, so we want your puppy to have a happy and exploratory life while also taking care of the animal.
That’s why we have compiled a list of socialization activities to help you raise your puppy. Keep in mind that your puppy should not move too much yet. The movement rule is: 10 minutes a day for every month of age. So a 3-month-old puppy can walk for 30 minutes a day. In addition, a puppy receives many new impressions, so make sure to pace these activities over the coming weeks and give your puppy the rest he or she needs.
There are a few important things to keep in mind during the socialization activities: allow the puppy to get used to new situations from a distance, give them time and do not force anything, encourage the puppy and reward them when they show exploratory behavior, remember that everything is still new to the puppy and make sure it is fun for them, and try again in a similar situation if the puppy is frightened. By doing this, you can ensure that your puppy has positive experiences and can lead a happy life.
There are many things a puppy can be socialized with, such as:
- People: it is important to initially allow the puppy to meet different people from a distance rather than letting them be petted. Think of children (including babies, toddlers, and preschoolers), men, women, and seniors. It is also important to allow the puppy to meet different appearances, such as glasses, beards, mustaches, different lengths and postures, different ethnicities, hats, and uniforms. This way, your puppy can learn to deal with all types of people and develop into a social animal.
- Animals: allow the puppy to meet other pets, such as same species (from small to large, from young to old), cats, horses, livestock, birds, and other animals. This way, your puppy can learn to deal with other animals and learn to explore.
- Places: allow the puppy to meet different places, such as the residential area, village street, school playground, market, city, park, forest, pet store, grooming salon, the veterinarian, and other places. This way, your puppy can learn to adapt to different environments and learn to explore.
- Traffic: allow the puppy to meet different types of traffic, such as cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. This way, the puppy can learn to deal with traffic and learn to be cautious.
- Sounds: allow the puppy to meet different sounds, such as fireworks, thunder, music, television, vacuum cleaners, and other household appliances. This way, the puppy can learn to deal with different sounds and not be afraid of them.
- Objects: allow the puppy to meet different objects, such as umbrellas, walking sticks, wheelchairs, strollers, and other objects. This way, the puppy can learn to deal with different objects and not be afraid of them.
- Surfaces: allow the puppy to meet different surfaces, such as grass, gravel, sand, water, mud, stairs, and other surfaces. This way, the puppy can learn to deal with different surfaces and not be afraid of them.
Remember to always supervise your puppy during these activities and to never leave them unsupervised. Also, make sure to always keep an eye on your puppy’s body language and behavior, and stop the activity if they seem uncomfortable or distressed. It is important to let the puppy set the pace and not push them too hard.
At our brand, the values of happiness, explore, and care are central, so we want your puppy to have a happy and exploratory life while also taking care of the animal.