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Raising Confident Canines: What is socialization and why is it so important?

Socialization is the process of familiarizing your dog with other people, animals and environments in order to build confidence and reduce fear.

It is important to understand that socialization is not simply teaching a dog to be friendly and approachable.

It does not mean interacting with everything and everyone.

Socialization is teaching a dog to be comfortable in any situation and to respond in an appropriate manner to their external environment.

Proper socialization involves peacefully coexisting with all kinds of stimuli in a safe & positive environment.

Socialization should be done gradually and carefully to ensure the safety of both the dog and those around it.

Critical Periods for Socialization

Puppy: 3-12 Weeks

Mid-Adolescence: 7-9 Months

Early Adult: 18 months

These critical periods are when your dog is most impressionable, learning more about the world in this short time than they will at any other time in their life.

What about FEAR PERIODS?

Fear periods are a normal stage in puppies and usually occur between 6-14 weeks and 6-14 months.

During this time, puppies are more likely to become fearful.

This is a natural process that helps them learn to be cautious and alert, and is important for their survival and well-being.

To guide your puppy through these periods, it is important to support them so they feel safe in new situations.


About the Author: Ashley Diaz is a dedicated pet owner and animal lover with over 10 years of experience providing professional pet care. With certifications in applied animal behavior & training, she shares her knowledge and insights on pet ownership, behavior, and welfare in her blog. Outside of her work with animals, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, practicing yoga and playing the piano.


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