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  • Socialization Tips for Puppies from Noble Beast Dog Training      

    Socialization Tips for Puppies from Noble Beast Dog Training      

    Posted March 16, 2017 By in Noble Beast Services, Training Your Puppy With | No Comments

    Puppies, like babies, playfully  explore the world around them, discovering what is normal. During this time in a dog’s life, it’s important to expose a dog to a variety of stimuli so that they learn to accept the world as safe.

    When a dog isn’t exposed to a variety of sights, sounds, smells and experiences as a puppy, as they grow older and encounter new people, places, and things, they can become fearful and/or anxious which often leads to reactivity. 

    Because of this, Noble Beast believes that puppy socialization is an essential part of raising a dog, and not just any socialization, but socialization in a safe environment (see more on that below). This is  why we offer FREE Puppy Socialization classes with our certified trainers every weekend. 

    Socialization Tips for Puppies from Noble Beast Dog Training!

    • Noble Beast Dog Trainer Harrie Kukowski says it’s important to get your pup use to a lot of different things when they’re young, including DOGS AND PEOPLE. But she also stresses that it’s equally as important to do so in a safe environment. She suggests avoiding the dog park and taking your dog to a puppy social event (like Playful Pup) where vaccines are required and where trainers are available to answer any questions that you have.
    • According to Noble Beast Dog Trainer Bex Smith, socialization doesn’t just mean giving your puppy social time with other dogs. That’s only a piece of the puzzle. It also means exposing your puppy to all sorts of different things that she may encounter throughout her life. But she warns that exposure alone isn’t enough. You also need to make sure your puppy is having an enjoyable experience, or at least a neutral one. Forcing a dog to confront things before she’s ready could end up causing fears rather than alleviating them. 
    • When your dog isn’t sure about something, Noble Beast Owner Mindy Jarvis recommends giving him some space to help reduce his stress levels. You can use this space to help get your dog more acquainted to the object or person he is unsure of. She recommends finding an appropriate distance, and then working on fun tricks or obedience cues. You can also imply play an engaging game with him. Soon your pup will realize it isn’t so bad after all. 

    Do you have questions about puppy socialization? We invite you to join us at one of our Noble Beast Puppy Socialization classes! Our trainers are there to help supervise, as well as to answer any questions that you may have. You can register your puppy by emailing info@noblebeastdogtraining.com or click here for more information. 

     

     

    Mindy Jarvis
    Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant / Owner of Noble Beast Dog Training

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