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.