Puppy Socialisation Exercises

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Socialising your new “best friend” is an important part of creating a close bond and a happy stress-free dog. This is a starting point for ideas of things your puppy should safely experience with you. Adapt it to suit the needs of you and your dog including any other potentially scary events. Try to let your puppy encounter as many of the things on this list as you can before the age of 16 weeks. Continue to repeat these interactions at least monthly until a year old.


PLACES TO GO

o       Veterinary Practice!

o       Groomers

o       Friend’s houses

o       Pubs/cafes

o       Schools/playgrounds

o       Shows/fairs

o       Roadside

o       Public transport

o       Parks

o       Rural areas

o       Town centre

ANIMALS TO MEET

o       Other friendly dogs (small and large breeds)

o       Cats

o       Small domestic pets

o       Livestock

o       Horses (with and without riders)

ACTIVITIES TO ACCEPT

o       Walking on a lead/harness/headcollar

o       Grooming/bathing

o       Examination of mouth, ears, eyes and feet

o       Tableting

o       Being left alone

o       Nail clipping

THINGS TO ENCOUNTER

o       Vacuums/brooms/mops

o       Washing machine and tumble dryer

o       Dishwasher

o       Hair dryer

o       Power tools

o       Lawn mower

o       Vehicles (cars, lorries, bikes)

o       Children’s toys

o       Pushchairs

o       Sirens

o       Bangs (fireworks/gunshots)

PEOPLE TO MEET

o       Men and women

o       Children and babies

o       Elderly people

o       People with walking sticks, frames, wheelchairs etc

o       Confident/loud people

o       Shy/quiet people

o       Delivery people/postman or woman

o       People with hats and headgear

o       People with sunglasses

o       People with beards

o       People on bikes/scooters/ skateboards

o       People pushing prams

o       Joggers

o       People who differ significantly in appearance to family members

o       People in uniform

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