Puppy socialization is not something that will make or break your puppy’s relationship with you, his mother or other members of the family. It is just a good thing to do for your puppy’s health and development.
When puppies are introduced to people and other animals, their body learns to get used to their new surroundings. That means that their immune systems are better prepared, and they are less likely to develop allergies and other problems. It also means that their muscles and joints are more reliable and will last longer if the puppy is given the right kind of physical and mental stimulation.
Puppy socialization is a great way to introduce your puppy to your home and family. You need to be sure to introduce your puppy to all people and things that he might be exposed to in the dog park, or outside in the neighborhood. That includes dog feeders, tree stumps, maintenance hole covers, garbage cans, and every hole in the ground. If your puppy does not know how to tell you when someone is trying to get into his head or ears, he could get a little spooked and potentially bite someone.
It is also a good idea to give your puppy a chance to play with other dogs. The possibilities are good that your puppy will be scared by other dogs when he is a puppy and will have to spend the next few years being terrified of them. But a right puppy will learn that these dogs are just small puppies who want to play and will not hurt him, so you may only find that he begins to trust these dogs a little.
Puppy socialization can be a great deal of fun, too. You and your puppy will both learn a lot about each other. You will both learn about the safety and health concerns that puppies face, and you will both learn how to keep your puppy safe. You will both learn about how to teach the puppy about basic manners.
You may also decide that your puppy will become more protective of you when it grows older. If you get older, your puppy will have learned many of the basic “rules” of socialization – and he will be a lot more effective at controlling your dog around your family and your possessions. It is a good idea to introduce your puppy to your family a few months before it becomes an adult, especially if you already have other dogs.
Puppy socialization is not a solution to all behavioral problems. It is not a cure-all, but it can help your puppy to learn how to behave well and be friendlier towards people and other dogs. If you are looking for a way to teach your puppy to behave appropriately around other dogs, and if you plan to have more than one dog in your household, then puppy socialization can help.
Most dogs do like puppy socialization. It can be an enjoyable and rewarding part of your puppy’s life.