Puppy Socialisation Guide

Puppies start learning how to become social animals at the very young age of three weeks. They learn a lot of social lessons from their mother, siblings, father and breeders before you even get them home but they still need a lot of help from you to grow into happy, confident, well-behaved adults.

Creating a safe environment of learning

Puppies need to be involved in lots of fun, positive experiences with lots of different animals, noises, places and people to help them grow into happy, confident and well-behaved adults. Fear can lead to aggressive defensiveness and other undesirable adult traits. It is critically important that you create a home and lifestyle that makes your puppy feel secure.

  • Under 16 weeks of age puppies are curious and confident in their exploration of their new world but after 16 weeks they become more cautious and are easily
  • Puppies get tired very easily and need a lot of They also need a special place to sleep in peace where they feel secure. Crates are perfect as you can take the crate and puppy with you anywhere providing a familiar zone of security.
  • When your puppy meets new people make sure they use happy voices, have lots of treats to give and toys to play with your puppy gently. Keep it short and sweet, no more than a few minutes at a time, so your puppy doesn’t get grumpy or tired.
  • Sometimes a puppy can get scared when meeting new people or Give your puppy space to move away and wait until your puppy feels confident to come out again. Have some tasty treats on hand to help him relax. Sometimes this can take a while so be patient with your new puppy.
  • When arranging dogs to meet your puppy, make sure they are happy, well socialised, vaccinated dogs that are kept on a lead. Make sure the area is a “safe zone” with no risk of contracting.