Learn how to socialise your puppy in order to ensure a calm, confident and well behaved adult dog.

The importance of puppy socialisation is often overlooked. Many people do not understand what is required and how a lack of proper socialisation can result in dog behaviour problems. It should be started as early as possible and preferably at eight weeks of age.

Puppies generally accept new experiences without fear up to 12 weeks of age. After that time, it is natural for a puppy to fear anything new. Although a young puppy cannot mix with other dogs before it has been fully vaccinated, socialisation can start by carrying the dog to different places such as outdoor cafes and train stations.

Invite lots of visitors over to meet the puppy in your home before he is 12 weeks old. Introduce him to people who look different. Include postmen with large bags, mothers with pushchairs, cyclists, childern and people wearing flapping coats or hats.

Puppy Socialisation Classes

Socialisation is an ongoing process. Dogs should have regular interactions with new people, objects and dogs to ensure they do not become fearful of new situations.

Puppy training classes are a great way for your dog to meet different people and dogs and to learn obedience commands with distractions.