It is OK to take your puppy outside but use common sense. Until his vaccinations are complete, only take him to areas you can be certain are safe. Avoid places that are used by unknown dogs and keep him away from stagnant puddles. Don’t visit dog parks. If you have your own fenced yard, you’re in luck. Keeping other animals out means you know who has been there, and walking on grass and exploring, in general, will do him good.
It isn’t always easy to find a variety of people for your puppy to meet. If you don’t have children, find some to invite over to meet your pup. Supervise closely and show them the correct way to handle puppies. Kids should be sitting on the floor when holding the puppy to be sure that he is not dropped. Some retail stores that allow dogs. A great place for puppies to meet men is a home improvement store, especially on week days. There will be contractors and tradesmen who will welcome a puppy-petting break. A shopping mall is another good place to see different people and maybe even a crazy toy demonstration at a kiosk.
Some retail stores allow dogs. A great place for puppies to meet men is a home improvement store, especially on week days. There will be contractors and tradesmen who will welcome a puppy-petting break. A shopping mall is another good place to see different people and maybe even a crazy toy demonstration at a kiosk. Anytime you take her somewhere, be sure to have high-value treats or a favorite toy on hand so that you can help your puppy build positive associations with all there is to see and do in the big wide world.
Going to the vet can be stressful so make it fun. Call to see if you can stop in for a quick visit to the waiting area when your puppy doesn’t need any shots. Take treats to give your pup and ask the staff to give the puppy some treats too.
You probably have things around the house that can be useful in socializing your puppy. Get out your Halloween costumes, funny hats, and winter clothing. Dole out extra special treats while wearing them. Talk in a cheerful voice and don’t force an interaction. Your puppy may not be fazed at all, but if she is, put the scary item on the floor with treats scattered around it. She’ll figure out that it’s nothing to worry about.
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