Have you recently welcomed a puppy into your home? Congratulations! Your new ball of fur is bound to keep you smiling. Puppy kisses and tail wags are among the best things in life as far as we’re concerned! Getting a puppy is lots of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work. One thing that is crucial to your puppy’s mental and emotional development is socialization. To socialize little Fido, you’ll need to expose him to new places, faces, and experiences. This will help him form an open mind about the world, and will help him grow into a polite, friendly adult dog. Below, a Portland, OR vet offers tips on socializing puppies.
One of the most adorable ways to socialize your furry pal is to have a puppy party. Invite some friends with gentle, well-behaved dogs over. Offer treats and toys to your canine guests, and do a potluck or barbeque for the humans. Just make sure that all of little Fido’s buddies are current on their parasite control and vaccinations.
Take your cute furbaby to a park, mall, or public square, and just sit on a bench with him. Chances are, it won’t be long before people ask to pet the little guy. You can also take your puppy to a doggy park, but be sure to observe the pooches that are already there before letting little Fido play. If you see any aggressive dogs, or if the park is crowded, go for a walk instead and try again another day. You also want to be sure to choose a park with separate areas for big dogs and little dogs.
Doggy day care can be a great option, especially if you have a hectic schedule. Many puppy kindergartens also incorporate some basic doggy obedience training into their regimens. Look for a place that is clean, organized, and has garnered some great reviews or recommendations. Ask your vet for advice.
When socializing Fido, watch for signs of uneasiness. If little Fido licks his lips, trembles, or tries to hide behind you, he may be scared. Don’t force him to stay in a situation that makes him uneasy: go home, and try again another day.
Does your puppy need vaccines or an exam? Contact us, your local Portland, OR animal clinic, today. We are here to help!