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Where to Take your Puppy to Socialize

Updated on July 5, 2012

Socializing a puppy that has just become a member of your family is extremely important. Without proper socialization a puppy can grow into a pet that is uneasy or even aggressive of strangers and other animals. Socializing your puppy is easy although it is important that you be consistent with your puppy and socialize it regularly and frequently. Many people fail to properly socialize their puppy because they think it is difficult when in reality socializing your puppy can be as easy as taking it for walks around your town and letting it interact with other pets and people.

Places to Socialize your Puppy

Dog Parks

Dog parks can be a great place to socialize your puppy as well as a great place to give it the proper exercise it needs. At dog parks your puppy will be able to interact with other dogs and people in a semi-controlled environment. If you choose to take your puppy to a dog park be sure to keep an eye on it to make sure it remains safe because rarely a person will bring an aggressive or confrontational dog out to play.

Obedience Classes

Another great place to socialize your puppy is at obedience classes. Many pet stores offer group training classes specifically for puppies. These classes give you a controlled environment to let your puppy interact with other dogs and people. Apart from socialization training classes will give you and your dog a venue in which to establish a deeper bond and trust which is essential to proper training. Although obedience classes are a great opportunity for socialization they may be expensive and many of the trainers at chain stores have only been through a rudimentary dog training class. If you can afford it I suggest receiving training from an experienced trainer although these classes are still a fabulous opportunity for initial socialization.

Family/Social Events

Family and social gatherings are a great opportunity to socialize your puppy. Many people leave their pets at home when visiting family for dinner or during a work picnic however these would be great places for your puppy to explore and meet new people. You should bring your puppy everywhere you possibly can. Note that you should get permission before bring your puppy to other peoples events and make sure you keep a watchful eye on them.

Which ever training style you choose to implement with your puppy socialization should be an important component. Properly socializing your puppy will save you time and hassle in the future and will also prevent future behavioral problems. If you have trouble socializing your puppy you should contact a professional dog trainer to get to the root of the problem whether it is behavioral or psychological.


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    • NetBlots profile image

      NetBlots 5 years ago from Melbourne

      Take them everywhere with you.

      Socializing isn't limited to hanging around other dogs, its everything in every day life :)

      Train stations are a good one.