Dogs love car rides. Even if it is just a brief ride to the park or to grandma’s house, allow your dog to tag along.
New Places To Explore:
- Dog-Friendly Stores
- Friend’s House
Motion Sickness: If your dog is prone to getting car sick, try shorter trips in the car and be prepared with some cleanup gear just in case.
Read more about how to prevent motion sickness in dogs.
When you hook up your new puppy to a leash, they probably won’t have a clue what to do with it.
Don’t plan on a normal stroll down the street. This will be a slow, sniff walk.
Keep your leash walk short and sweet. Gradually work up to a longer walk as your pup gets used to the leash.
Be gentle and patient, call to your pup to get their attention, never pull too hard on the leash.
Hold on Tight: Always secure the leash around your wrist. When your puppy sees another animal, they may try to bolt.
Ask First: If you encounter another dog walker on your path, wait for the other dog owner to confirm if their dog is ok for a meet and greet.
Don’t Push It: If your dog seems scared, don’t force them to meet with the other dog. Just move them away from each other and walk on.
Introduce New Sounds
Introducing new sounds to your dog is a vital part of their socialization training, especially at a young age.
While playing outside or on your daily walks, listen for emergency vehicles, sirens, or even a passing train.
Allow your dog to listen from a safe distance, stay calm and let them know they are OK. You can even offer them a small dog treat after the sound passes to help it feel like a positive experience.
A great way to help your pup adjust to new noises is to play new sounds in the background while they are eating or playing in the comfort of their home.
START HERE: Here’s my complete YouTube playlist for Dog Desensitization Sounds and Soothing Music that you can start right now.
Here are some noises you should introduce to your dog:
- Fire Alarm
- Microwave Beep
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Hair Dryer
- Door Bell
- Garbage Trucks
- Fire Truck Siren
- Animal sounds
Always treat your puppy with kindness. Keep young children away from your dog if they get too loud and crazy.
Allow your dog to escape to a safe room when they feel uncomfortable.
Keep It Positive
Whether it is a quick introduction with your neighbor or attending a puppy play date, make sure things stay safe and positive.
If there is ever a situation when your dog acts scared towards another animal, person, or place, don’t force them.
Forcing your puppy into a frightening situation will cause them to become defensive. When a dog feels threatened, they will defend themselves.
Reward A Good Experience
Attend a puppy class or playdate with your dog and give them a treat afterward.
A verbal “Good” and a yummy dog treat will reinforce that good behavior going forward.
Take Your Time
Now, don’t go out and fill your days with social events and loud noises, take it slow.
Fitting in a couple of these puppy socialization experiences each week will help get your dog where they need to be.
Overwhelming them with too much all at once will just set them back.
Note: It’s ok if your dog isn’t the neighborhood socialite. Your dog may not want to greet every dog or person around, and that’s totally fine.
Having them get used to a handful of new faces occasionally will help them be comfortable around others.
Bonus Tip: Get Some Help
If you need some extra help socializing your pup, it’s ok!
I like to recommend K9 Training Institute – It’s online dog training!
They have awesome doggie parent reviews and offer a free training session too. And the best part, it’s online, so you can attend the training from the comfort of your own home.
Gradually introducing your puppy to new experiences, while keeping things positive and safe, can help your dog’s socialization improve over time.
What is your biggest struggle with socializing your puppy? Let us know below.