Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Socialise Your New Puppy

The last thing on minds of the most new puppy owners is to socialise the new addition, but is very vital that puppy socialisation begin as early as possible. If possible, send the puppy to a day care facility nearby or go for dog event.

Mingling a new puppy is an important part of any training program, and it is significant for socialisation to begin early. The gap for socialisation is very small, and a puppy that is not properly socialised to people, dogs and other animals by the time he or she is four months old never develops the socialisation he or she requires to become a good canine citizen.

Learning how to interact with other dogs is something that usually would occur among littermates. However, since most dogs are separated from their mothers so soon, this littermate’s socialisation regularly does not finish properly. The most vital lesson puppies often learn from their littermates and from the mother dog is how to bite, and how not to bite. Puppies usually roughhouse with each other, and their thick skin protects them from most bites. However, when one puppy bites too hard, the other puppies, or the mother dog, swiftly reprimand him, often by holding him by the scruff of his neck until he submits.

In fact, the best way to socialize your loved puppy is to have it play with lots of other puppies. It is also okay for the puppy to play with a few adult dogs, as long as they are friendly and well socialized.

When socialising puppies, it is best to let them play on their own and work out their own issues when it comes to suitable roughness of play. The only time the owners must step in is if one puppy is hurting another, or if a grave fight breaks out. Other than that, the owners must simply stand back and watch their puppies interact.

While this socialisation is taking place, the pack hierarchy must quickly become apparent. There would be some puppies that are especially submissive, rolling on their backs and baring their throats at the least provocation. Other puppies in the class would be dominant, ordering the other puppies around and telling them what to do. Watching the puppies play, and formative what type of personality traits your puppy has, would be extremely valuable information for us.

It is also significant to introduce the puppy to a variety of other animals, particularly in a multiple pet household. Introducing the puppy to friendly cats is imperative, as are introductions to other animals the puppy might encounter, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and the like. If your household contains a more exotic creature, it is essential to introduce the puppy to it as early as possible, but to do it in a way that is secure for both animals.

It is often good to start by introducing the puppy to the smell of the other animal. This could be easily accomplished by placing a piece of the animals bedding, like a towel or bed liner, close to where the puppy sleeps. Once the puppy is familiar to the smell of the other creature, he or she is much more likely to believe the animal as just another member of the family.

Last but not least, we, Puppy Cottage has a designated day care area for your beloved doggies to either socialise with other dogs or with our Puppy Cottage PR Manager, Harry. Please click here to view pictures slide of Harry in action. Do call us to know more about the facility that we are providing for your pet doggie. :)

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