You have a new puppy, what a great addition to the family and a fun time. Of course you want to share with family and friends. Just be educated about it.
Vets say don’t bring them anywhere till they are fully immunized, trainers say to socialize right away. Very conflicting information. Well here’s the middle ground.
Take your puppy only to places where he is less likely to run into disease-carrying dogs., or where lots of potential disease- carrying dogs have been.
They also should not be subjected to animal shelter, rescue adoption events, pet supply stores and any other environment that receives a lot of dog traffic.
Always remember that puppies ARE babies. They have no clue what to do in a potentially dangerous situation. Out of fear they may run right into oncoming traffic. Loud noises could frighten them and cause them to panic. Always have them on a leash and close to you.
Don’t take your puppy for a walk on a very hot ground or a very cold ground. Their paw pads have not had time to toughen up and are very sensitive.
“Dogs learn through repetition” You’ve heard this many times and to some degree this is true. Repeated training cues like sit, stay and come many times and in many places is ideal in the beginning stages of training. But what about fear causing stimulus? It’s all about survival for animals, dogs included. If a dog endured repeated exposure to scary stimuli to learn to stay away, he would not likely live long. Your dog is naturally programmed to quickly learn to avoid things he perceives as threatening.
During the puppies early development stages he is likely to go through several “fear periods”. The first of these periods is believed to be when the puppy is 8-10weeks. Then anytime between 6-14 months. Your dog may suddenly show signs of an increased fear response to stimuli that he may not have experienced before. The suggestion is to avoid what you think your puppy may be vulnerable to such as fireworks, large crowds and loud parties during the first 18 months of the puppies life.
So now you know where to go and where not to go with your puppy. Remember you are the giver of all good things to your puppy. Love, Food, Water and Fun.
Wendy St Pierre/HCTG