Compatible Companions Dogs Services teaches how puppies can learn the methods of socializing around new things.

Socializing is one of the most important roles of a new puppy owner. Puppies’ brains develop considerably from 6 weeks-16 weeks of age.  Therefore, the importance of socializing the new puppy is critical as the puppy learns a lot about their world.  It is a unique window of time that will impact the puppy for life. Socialization is the process by which your puppy is exposed to as many facets of life as possible.

Puppies that are well-socialized are more secure adults and more adaptable adults.  If nothing else is done, the most important thing a puppy owner can do is expose the puppy to as many things as possible.  To be beneficial, these exposures must be positive.  

Puppies should be exposed, in a positive or neutral way, to as many things as possible.  Negative experiences that occur during the socializing window can affect a puppy for life. Some recent research suggests that puppies need to be exposed to things several times over the socialization period.

Below is a list of items the puppies can be exposed to this not everything a new puppy can be socialized to but its a great starting point.

 Weird things:
– Big plastic objects
– Plastic bags
– Balloons
– Umbrellas
– Mirrors
– Big balls
– Thrown things 
– Shopping trolleys
– Prams
– Fast movement
– Kids toys
– Windsocks
– Brooms
– Vacuum cleaner
– The wind
– The wind blowing bushes/trees
– Flags
– Balls
– Frisbees
– Tents
– Flashlights
  Traveling:
– Escalators
– Lifts
– The car
– Planes  

Other animals:
– Puppy school
– Big dog
– Little dog
– Shaggy dog
– Smooth dog
– Goats
– Cows
– Sheep
– Alpacas
– Chickens
– Horses
– Cats
– Full breed dogs
– Rabbits
– Birds
 Different Types of People:
Men
Women
Boys
Girls
Shuffling people
Slouched people
People with glasses 
People on crutches
People with walking sticks
People with walking frames
People walking strangely
Babies
Parties
People on rollerblades Wheelchairs
Fat people
Thin people
Tall people 
Short people
People in dress ups (masks, costumes, big hats, etc)
People in big coats
People with beards
People with sunglasses
People of all races
Bald people
People exercising (running, jogging, jumping, etc) 
Children and babies            
  Different surfaces:
– Bean bags
– Tiles
– Floorboards
– Bubble wrap
– Different walking surfaces
– Wobbly bridges
– Heights
– Agility equipment
– Gravel  

Water stuff:
Sprinklers
Hoses
Being wet by the hose
Water
The beach
The bath
Swimming pools
People swimming
Water feature
Rain  
Places:
Airport
Skate park
Bus depot
Train station
Shopping malls
Loud fun places ( e.g. show, fair)
Football game
Supermarket
School
Coffee shop
Building site
Bunnings
Wreckers yard
The gym
Tennis game
Office
Speedway
Place with crowds 
Main roads
 Moving and making noise:
Lawnmower
Bikes
Vacuum
Skateboards
Scooters
Bus
Train
Tractors
Whipper snippers 
Ride-on lawnmowers
Bobcats
Cars
Trucks
Motorbikes
Chainsaws
Forklift
Helicopters
Airplanes
Sirens
Hairdryer
Suitcases
Go-Karts
Wheelie Bins
Remote control cars
Ceiling fans
‘Life-sized’ pictures of people Glass sliding doors
Boats        
  Noises:
Fireworks
Storms (e.g. thunder and lightning)
Parties
Computer dial-up
Musical instruments (piano, guitar, saxophone) 
Gunshot
Cheering
School bell
Sound effects
CD
Saucepans
Radio
Lawnmower
Loud noises
The sound of a carbonated drink opening  
 
Being restrained:
Leads
Harnesses
Halti/head harness
Muzzle
Opening mouth
Cutting nails
Grooming (as appropriate to the breed)
Clippers
Being tethered 
Having ears cleaned
Having eyes cleared
Having every part of the body handled Being picked up
Teeth cleaning
Being carried on a stretcher Being bandaged
Elizabethan collar
The vet

You can find more information and tips on how to socialize your new puppy from the American Kennel Club. However, if you still have any questions about socializing your new puppy or want help with training please contact me today.

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