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A rambunctious puppy is ready to learn. Taking time to introduce a puppy to new people and different environments will go a long way toward developing a well-balanced, happy adult dog. Here are tips to get you started.

Here are tips on raising a well-socialized puppy:

  • Introduce a puppy to dog-friendly adults and children who greet him calmly and reward him with treats so he associates meeting people with a reward.
  • Do not push a puppy too far beyond his comfort level when introducing new situations to avoid regression.
  • Practice reward-based obedience training to build confidence and teach your puppy desired behaviors.
  • Consider signing up for basic obedience class, puppy agility or obstacle classes to promote socialization, coordination and good behavior.