Whether you've just purchased a puppy or are thinking about bringing a new dog into your home, what you know about puppy development and socializing dogs will make a difference in the relationship you will have with your pet...
Sound advice and information on socializing dogs...
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - puppy socialization...position statement
- "Socialization The Primary And most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over-stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior."
Vet medicine article 'Early puppy socialization classes: Weighing the risks vs. benefits' at...
- "The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recently released a position paper outlining the importance of early puppy socialization, preferably before the puppy reaches 12 to 16 weeks old. Four veterinarians with extensive experience discuss early puppy socialization in a roundtable format."
For tips on how to socialize see the Blue Cross UK's pamphlet "Socialising": http://www.bluecross.org.uk/files/D17%20Socialising.pdf
- "This leaflet is written to provide help with puppies but is also relevant for use with undersocialised (but not aggressive) adult dogs. Experiences during the first year of a dog’s life make all the difference to future temperament and character. Taking the time to socialise your puppy can result in a friendly adult dog that enjoys the company of people, can be taken anywhere and lives life to the full."
Puppy development birth to 8 weeks (breed BMD): See The First Eight Weeks – The Life and Times of Bouncing, Biting, Baby Berners at http://www.bmdinfo.org/Litterlife/week_one.php
By Mary-Ann Bowman, Ph.D.
- "Most of us get our puppies at approximately eight weeks of age. Arriving with their sweet faces and sharp teeth, they rearrange our entire lives. But a puppy existed before she lived with us – she did not simply arrive on the earth at eight weeks, after all! Those first eight weeks are so important and eventful, and yet few of us get to participate in that time period. The purpose of this article is to give you a glimpse into the whelping box, so to speak, and share that tender time in a puppy's life."