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 Socializing your puppy
Why Is Socialization So Important?
Socializing your puppy helps him to become a happy, healthy, and well-behaved member of your family. Properly socialized puppies are less likely to develop behavior problems as they grow into adults. Dogs who don't get early socialization may react with fear or aggression when they are exposed to new things. It is much easier to teach your puppy to accept new things now than it is to retrain him after bad habits develop.
How Should a Puppy Be Socialized?
Socialization should involve as many people and situations as possible. Introduce your puppy to a wide variety of people, including men, women, children of all ages, people in wheelchairs, men with beards, and people wearing all kinds of clothing (e.g., uniforms, sunglasses, raincoats and umbrellas, hats and gloves, etc.). and lots of new sounds. 
Before your puppy has gotten all of his vaccinations, you can begin to socialize him by inviting people to your home to meet him. But until he has all his vaccinations do not take him to doggie parks, rest stops or pet stores. You can and need to take him/her out before 16 weeks old, but you have to take him/her to places that you know are safe. Some of these places can be your friends homes with other animals that you know get their proper vaccines. Or you could take him/her to a down town area where you know that other dogs or puppies don't go.
 
Handling exercises are another important part of socializing. Think the ways your dog may be handled in his lifetime - a child could pull his tail, a veterinarian might need to restrain him, you may need to hold his feet to clip his nails. If you get your puppy used to being handled in a gentle manner now, you will be less likely to have trouble handling him when he has reached adulthood.

Once your puppy has had all the approiate shots, you can begin socializing him anywhere and everywhere. This is a good time to get him used to meeting other dogs, visiting the groomer and pet supply store, and taking walks in your neighborhood or dog parks.

Socialization should always be kept positive. Allow your puppy to approach new things in his own time. You can use treats and praise to encourage your puppy to approach unfamiliar people and objects. Never push your puppy past his comfort level or he may become fearful of the things you are trying to get him to accept.
 
 
 
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