BRINING HOME A NEW PUPPY
Puppy Quick Tip #1
When you bring home a new puppy, the list of things to do and buy can seem overwhelming. But there is one thing that should take priority over everything else. Procrastination is not an option; the clock is ticking and the window of opportunity will close before you know it.
By the age of 3 months, your puppy should have happily met 100 people of many ages, colors, sizes and shapes. Spread this out in small doses rather than overwhelming your puppy at a big party. Your breeder should have started this process for you well in advance of adoption. Your pup should also meet a variety of friendly vaccinated dogs of different breeds and sizes. Avoid public parks where diseases can lurk. Choose greeters carefully; one scary experience can scar a dog for life.
Don’t stop socializing after puppy class is over; continue happy meetings with unfamiliar people and gentle dogs at least once a week for the next 3 years until your dog reaches social maturity. This is the best gift you can give your puppy and will last a lifetime.