This one is SO IMPORTANT to us. “Socialization” only truly happens within a very limited time for puppies, ending at about 12-14 weeks. This time period has huge impacts on how they’ll react to new people, dogs, sounds, and general “new” stuff in the world- for the rest of their lives. That's why we're SO passionate about getting puppies into puppy classes and other socialization activities.
Recently we’ve worked with a number of puppies who were kept isolated until their full vaccination program was completed- and these pups are struggling a lot with fear, anxiety, or reactivity.
The good news is that there are SAFE ways to socialize your puppy! The American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recommends starting puppy classes or other safe socialization one week after the first set of vaccines!! For more info, check out their position statement here.
Note: we are NOT suggesting that you take your brand new, unvaccinated puppy to the dog park and all around town. Disease risks are very real! But there are lots of safe ways to socialize your puppy.
Behavioral AND physical health both matter, so these tips will help you protect both. Ready for some personalized help? Contact us!
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