ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • NetBlots profile image


      6 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)