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Importance of Dog Socialization

Why Is Socialization With Dogs Important?

2 dogs being taught the importance of socialization
Dogs playing during day care

You just adopted your puppy and are so excited about the new addition to your family! You can’t wait to train him, play with him and enjoy his companionship. There are so many things to teach your dog in the first year, but there is one important step that is sometimes overlooked. Socialization in young dogs is key to having a friendly pet who is calm and confident in new experiences. If puppies are not exposed to other dogs, people and experiences in a positive manner at an early age, they run the risk of being fearful or aggressive. Our team at Pupsi sees this often, which is why we outlined how you can begin socializing your pup right away and some ideas to make it fun.

Age To Start Socialization

Starting socialization early is the best way to set your puppy up for success. During his first few months of life, your puppy’s behavior and thoughts towards experiences begin to take shape. Because of this, it is very important to expose him to new people, situations and places starting early on. Keep in mind that Pupsi does not take pups until they are fully vaccinated. Whether you are using a daycare or socializing on your own, keep in mind your dog’s health.

How To Start

If your puppy is not up-to-date on shots, the best way to begin is to take your dog with you on walks and to pet-friendly stores. Take them with you on short errands and trips that are dog friendly. This will allow them to take in different experiences while ensuring their safety. If your pet does have all of their puppy shots, then find a daycare you like or play dates with friends who have dogs is a great way to establish positive experiences for your young pup. 

Best Ways to Socialize Your Dog

Doggy Daycare: Daycare is a great way for your pup to meet and play with other dogs while being watched by trained professionals. Pupsi is the largest dog daycare facility in the Triangle and we love helping dogs socialize. Learn more here

Playdates: Playdates with your friends or family’s dogs can be a great way to socialize your puppy with dogs that you know are friendly. 

Obedience Training: Training is a great way to stimulate your puppy’s mind and teach them good manners. Pupsi offers obedience training courses, where pups can play and socialize between their daily lessons. Learn more here!

Trips to Dog-Friendly Stores: Taking your puppy out in public to meet other people and learn to behave in dog-friendly stores is a great training and socialization method. 

Questions About Socialization?

If you’re wondering about how to best socialize your puppy, or want to enroll your dog into daycare for socialization, contact the dog experts at Pupsi today!

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