Our day care center can help your puppy grow into a friendly, sociable dog.
Because socialization is such an important factor in a dog's wellbeing, we have designed our day care environment to facilitate it.
The pack at our day care helps puppies to interact with and learn from older socialized dogs just as they would in a litter.
From its first moment in our day care center, our staff will watch and supervise your dog. This means that there is no significant risk of your puppy getting hurt.
Socialization is important for your dog's overall wellbeing in that it provides the dog with the skills to deal with new experiences in a positive way. If a dog is properly socialized, they will have less stress when they are placed in unfamiliar situations. The socialization period will permanently shape your puppy's personality and determine how they react to new stimuli.
Helping them to adjust to new sights, as well as new smells and sounds can assist them to overcome fear. For example, a puppy may be able to overcome a fear of children with the right type of socialization.
The process of socializing your puppy involves gently exposing them to new environments that they have not experienced before. The goal is to make them more comfortable with new objects, people, animals, and experiences. This process is especially important during the first eight to twelve weeks of a puppy's life.
When you socialize your puppy properly, they will be happier, more confident, predictable and be better able to handle stress. The opposite applies to poorly socialized puppies as they tend to be anxious, shy and sometimes exhibit fear or aggression as adults. Poorly socialized puppies are not equipped with skills to handle new situations.
Socialization begins with the breeder, which is why it is important to get your pup from a reputable dog breeder. The breeder plays one of the most important roles in ensuring that puppies become friendly and confident; they should handle puppies gently in their first weeks of life, as the way they are handled helps to inform a pup's perception of the world around them.
A puppy should become accustomed to all parts of their body being touched.
You will continue to socialize your dog throughout their adult life; you do not stop just because they grow out of the puppy stage. You will start the process early in their life and then continually reinforce it as they mature.
Actively provide them with new experiences. Ideas for new experiences include:
Dog day care
One of the most fundamental lessons for dogs to learn is how to behave when encountering new people and dogs. A well-structured dog day care will provide them with this skill.
They will learn basic obedience when interacting with new dogs and people.
Visit your local dog park to expose your dog to even more new people and dogs. Encourage your puppy to go exploring and to investigate their environment.
Visit a pet store with your puppy. Stores that allow pets are an excellent option for exposing your dog to people and other animals in a new place; however, be cautious when encountering new dogs as not all are friendly.
Get your puppy accustomed to being bathed, brushed and having nails clipped. Similarly, a puppy should be used to having teeth brushed and ears inspected.
These activities should all be practiced on a regular basis.
As you provide your puppy with all of these new experiences, it is important that you make the socialization process a positive one.
This means using treats and praise so that the experiences are associated with positive feelings.
You should also remember that dogs can read human emotions very well. For example, you should avoid situations that make you anxious, or you should learn to control your anxiety. If you are feeling anxiety when socializing your dog, it could make them anxious and cause them to associate the experience with negative feelings.
As you socialize your pup, it is important to keep in mind the risk of overstimulating them. It is possible for excessive stimuli to make puppies fearful and withdrawn.