SOCIALIZATION is the process of introducing a puppy to the world in a way that will help him be confident and unafraid of people, places and things that he will encounter throughout his life. The most critical socialization window occurs before the age of 12 weeks, and that window is considered to be closing by 5 months. Generally the younger the puppy is when he is socialized, the more quickly and easily he gains confidence. Waiting too long can result in a need for the more difficult process of rehabilitation instead of socialization. Most aggression issues are simply a result of inefficient socialization.
RULES OF SOCIALIZATION: Each socialization exposure must be fun for your puppy. If he is forced to confront fears he's not ready to handle, the process can backfire and create a fearful/aggressive response. Go at his pace, and at a distance he feels safe. Your puppy should be the one to initiate each approach to something new and be allowed to retreat when needed to feel safe. Socialization includes generalization. Though your puppy may be fine with the toddlers or dogs in your home, that does not mean he is fine with all children and dogs. Even if he is in a class, he will need to meet new and different dogs and people, and in different places, after his classmates and their owners become familiar to him. You need to continue to expose him to new things, places, and contexts to best generalize his confidence with new things. Pair treats with exposures to make good associations. If your puppy is worried about those children he sees running across the street, it can help if the sight of the children makes cheese suddenly appear. Or if he doesn’t like her paws touched, a brief touch followed by a lick of peanut butter from a spoon can make paw touches easier to handle. If he will not take food, that is a good indication that you need to backup and lower the intensity of the exposure with more distance or less pressure. If your puppy seems to be fearful of certain things and doesn’t gain confidence quickly, we are here to help you! Remember that socialization is a time-sensitive procedure.
Whether you want to teach basic manners or iron out more serious behavioral issues, you can expect in person or virtual training with us to make an immediate impact on your dog or puppy’s behavior with the use of training games that develop self-control and make learning fun for your dog,
* Do show your puppy the world when
they are 2-5 months old
* Do bring them everywhere you go
* Do put them in a travel crate when you
are in a car
* Don't drive with your puppy in your lap
nor on the front or back seat
* Don't leave your puppy home when you
go out to pet friendly places
* Don't train your puppy in only
Bringing home an adorable new furry member of the family can be wonderful and exciting. As you make preparations for your new puppy, you will want to take all of the extra steps possible to ensure their health, safety, and of course, their enjoyment. At Santa Monica Paws, located in Marina Del Rey, CA, we are excited to help you prepare for your new puppy with proven step by step fundamental training services.
We offer you an exceptional puppy potty training service that will give your puppy the best start to their life in your home. We offer you a exceptional puppy potty training service that will give your puppy the best start to their life in your home. With the use of Positive Reinforcement Methods, we help your puppy develop a reliable and consistent potty schedule, and teach them to let you know when it’s time to go outside for the bathroom. We also give you expert advice on best practices for proper Housetraining techniques, and how to curb unwanted behaviors such as Play Biting, Nipping, Chewing, Jumping, Digging, Barking, Separation Anxiety, and more! If you are ready to give your puppy the best start at their new home, read on to learn more about our pet services.
When you contact our friendly dog training experts at Santa Monica Paws, you can be rest assured that your puppy will be treated with trust, respect, love and care. We have created a personalized puppy potty training program that will help your puppy develop bathroom habits that will save you time, energy, and bothersome headaches.
Training a puppy can be far from easy, but with an expert trainer, you can navigate the difficulties and complexities that come with puppy training at ease. We connect with your puppy on a personal level and provide you with an array of resources that you need to effectively potty train your puppy. We will happily come to your home and provide you with in-home training as well as virtual training if you are out of our service area.
Our business was started with a love of puppies and giving animals the best home lives possible. That’s why we are excited to help you give your puppy the right habits and behaviors they need to lead a happy, well balanced life.
To learn more about our pet services, connect with our team today through our contact page.
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