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Socialization - Basics


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Proper socialization of your puppy is a must.  Socialization should begin at the breeders. 
You should be able to tell if the pups have been handled regularly, by their behavior.  
They should not run from strangers or show outward signs of extreme timidness. 
Itís up to you to maintain your animals socialization thru out its entire life.  
Socialization will help strengthen your bond and allow your puppy to live a fuller, 
richer life by being comfortable with new people, places, sounds, environments, etc.
him/her to as many new experiences as you can. 



Top Hat Sweet Waysa
Top Hat Ash

Invite people over to visit with your pup, keeping a close eye on your puppy for signs of nervousness. Remember to comfort the pup as it is very easy to cross the line during socialization and it could have negative effects on your pup by making him/her weary of newcomers. 

Take your pup with you when possible.  If youíre going for a drive take your pup along, this will get him/her used to vehicles and new places, which will make vet trips much easier when the animal is older. There is a line that you can cross with vehicles too, itís best not to leave your pup alone for more than a couple minutes (if necessary) in a vehicle, and never leave an animal in a vehicle when it is extremely hot or cold. If youíre going shopping, leave your pup at home.

We Recommend Crate training

Crate training makes potty training easier, vehicle transport safer, it is a secure place for your animal while you are away or sleeping at night, and should surgery of some sort become necessary where the animal needs to be confined for a period of time, your animal will be accustomed to the crate.

Just seeing if you are paying attention->

One of my girls - now that's puppy love

Trips to the veterinarian

Taking your puppy to the vet is a necessity. Start early and take them in for simple weight checks, and treats.

At the vets getting weighed

If you do not maintain your animals socialization thru out itís lifetime 
(this process does not end when the animal becomes an adult) it is very possible youíll end up with an animal that might be shy/nervous of strangers and afraid to leave itís familiar environment.
This will make it difficult (if not impossible) for your animal to receive proper medical care or for you to take even short vacations

Kicken back at the vets Ash at his appointment
See Ash's page - you never know when your dog will have an emergency.

Do you have other animals?

Canines are pack animals and therefore it is suggested (actually, itís almost a must) that your new pup have a companion animal. This does not have to be another dog of the same breed, but his/her companion should be comparable to yours (i.e., size, endurance, etc...)  A companion will keep your dog from howling out of loneliness while you are gone during the day and will ease up on the destructiveness caused by boredom, plus provide him/her with constant companionship

R.J. Ahote
© Sue Cranston

I also personally believe that puppies need adult canine interaction.
They learn so much from them that we can't teach.

R.J. and pup
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© Sue Cranston

Even if introduced from a young age, there is no guarantee that your dog 
will get along with other pets when grown.. 

R.J. and our horse

Do you have small children?

Canines with children are a concern, especially a large canine. Not many responsible breeders will sell these dogs to someone who has young children, 
at least not without A LOT of screening.   
Children and canines should ALWAYS be supervised when together, NEVER leave them unattended.
Although you may trust your animal, something as simple as a wagging tail on a large canine can cause injury to a child.

Baby J and pup On an outing

Children start off rather rough on animals, they need to be taught how to behave, and IMO the animals should learn to tolerate them.

This little boy was badly bitten by a dog. When he asked to pet the puppy, we used the opportunity to talk with him about how to prevent bites.

What do you enjoy doing?

If you want your dog to be a companion animal, your puppy will need to be exposed to things you enjoy doing.
Like the boating picture on the left.
Now take a minute to think about what you would like to be able to do with your puppy, and plan on doing some foundation work that will enable these hopes to become a reality.

Texas Breeze - Breezy
Do you like to take long walks?
Me :-)
© Juan
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Do you enjoy target shooting?  Riding 4-Wheelers?
R.J. at a local event

If you enjoy places with food, or 
having your dog in the kitchen 
with you, then they need to get use 
to not eating everything in sight.

© S.Cranston
Pup on an outing

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