Aside from your pup’s basic health and nutritional needs, one of the most important things you can do to set a young dog up in life is to ensure appropriate socialisation and correct training. Puppies, like humans, aren’t born with the skills required to live harmoniously with their new family. As their owner, it is your responsibility to ensure they are exposed to the right situations and understand the behavioural boundaries they must adhere to, to ensure a peaceful and happy existence for all involved!
Correct socialisation in the early stages of your dog’s life will help them feel confident in their environment, able to communicate appropriately with other dogs they meet, and understand their role and what is expected of them – be that as a companion, family pet or a working dog. We ask a lot of our dogs – they have to become fluent not only in their own, canine language but in our human world too!
All reputable breeders should have started the socialisation process off for you, but it is imperative to keep going when your dog arrives at home with you. They need to have a wide range of positive interactions with as many social situations as possible – meeting different adults, children, vets, adult dogs and other animals. Careful, positive exposure to different environments such as traffic, crowds, travelling in the car, vacuuming at home and a host of other sights and sounds are all invaluable experiences and will set your pup up for life.
A key part of the socialisation process is training. Puppies need to be taught right from wrong, and understand what is expected of their behaviour both in the house and whilst they are out in the big wide world with you.