Puppy Socialization Checklist (from S.R. Dog Training, New York)
Proper puppy socialization is an essential component to raising a happy and well-balanced dog. A puppy’s formative period has a direct correlation to their long-term well-being. For this reason, it’s imperative that you properly take advantage of this by using this Puppy Socialization Checklist.
The operant word is “proper”. When socializing a puppy, it’s critical that all interactions be positive, not just neutral and certainly not bad. If puppies get early and frequent positive experiences with varying people, objects, noises, settings, etc. it will help develop their confidence, ability to handle stress, and overall knowledge of the world.
Below is a list of various elements of life worth considering for socialization. Use your discretion to determine with is safe and appropriate for your puppy. You can also note your dog’s response to each exposure: Ex. displays of aggression (growl, bark, lunge), Avoidance, Freezing, Calm/Relaxed, Able to Take Treats, etc.
In conjunction to this, use specific Dog Training Sound Effects to help positively condition your puppy to noises.
Touch & Handling:
Examining Teeth and Gums
Holding Puppy in Your Arms
Holding in Your Lap
Laying Puppy on its Back for a Bell Rub
Giving a Bath
Drying With a Towel
People of Varying Ethnicities
Men with Variations (Wearing a Hat, Tall Men, Deep Voice, etc.)
People Wearing Sunglasses
People with Canes or Walkers
Children Playing Near By
Well-Behaved Dog Who Will Appropriately Correct for Over-Stepping Boundaries
Other Household Pets
Hardwood Floors, Linoleum, Tile, Marble
Steel Surfaces (Manhole Covers or Vet Scales)
Stairs of Different Material (Wood, Concrete, Steel, etc.)
Objects With Wheels:
Man-Made Objects & Buildings:
Pots and Pans
Plastic Bags Blowing
Inside Dog-Friendly Buildings
Positive frequent socialization is critical to raising a happy and healthy puppy. Exposing your dog to various sounds and noises is also critical.
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