At home, your dog may be the perfect companion — but out in public, they may struggle around other pups or people. Veterinarian and pet health advocate Dr. Aliya McCullough explains how socializing your pup from a young age can benefit them.
The best time to start socializing your dog with other animals is after they’re fully vaccinated (around 16 to 20 weeks old). Socializing your pup while they’re young can make them more adaptable and comfortable around new objects, sounds, people, animals and locations.
When you start socializing your dog with new people, be sure to follow these best practices:
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It’s never too late to socialize a dog, but the approach could be different and require more patience for older pups. Start by asking your vet, trainer or veterinary behaviorist to develop a game plan. Set realistic goals and expectations for your pup, too.
Continue to work with a veterinary behaviorist and limit interactions with other animals. Your dog can still live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life away from others if they prefer to play on their own.
Socializing your pup from a young age will make the process much easier on you and on them. We know you want to do just about everything with your dog. By making sure they’re comfortable in public and unfamiliar places, you’ll have so many more opportunities for adventures in the future.
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