New puppy- When to start socializing

Did you know a puppies brain chemistry actually changes around 12 weeks old?

While you can teach dogs or puppies older missing this window is a huge mistake. I often here people say things like, my vet said not to take my puppy anywhere until he:
a. has all of his vaccinations

b. is six months old

But this is no longer supported by the AVMA!

What about risks of parvo?

Good breeders or puppy fosters for rescues/shelters will have the puppies in a clean environment and start the socialization before 8 weeks old. The mothers will be vaccinated; which means they will pass down some antibodies to the puppies through their colostrum in their milk. Puppies from good breeders and good rescues/shelters will additionally have their first round of parvo and distemper vaccines to boost their immunity even further.

Puppies should never be taken to the dog park, but good puppy classes use special parvocidal cleaning agents that kill parvo (not all cleaners do.) and they ensure other puppies in the class are vaccinated also.

Doing this allows puppies to socialize safely with a very small risk of illness.

The number 1 leading causes of behavior problems is lack of proper early socialization. Poorly socialized puppies turn into dogs who are afraid of everything new. Some dogs end up shy, others react with aggressive displays towards new people and dogs.

Poorly socialized puppies turn into dogs who are afraid of everything new. Some dogs end up shy, others react with aggressive displays towards new people and dogs.

Unfortunately, some veterinarians, shelter staff and breeders are still behind the times regarding the risks of early socialization vs. the risk of disease. It’s easy not to keep up with all the new information coming out.

When the critical window of socialization is missed it is SO much harder to go back and work to desensitize your dog to people, dogs or the world. You can never make such a big impact on your dog as you can in puppyhood, and some dogs that missed socialization, may never fully recover.

You can never make such a big impact on your dog as you can in puppyhood, and some dogs that missed socialization, may never fully recover. These days, dogs are at greater risk of euthanasia for behavior problems than of communicable diseases.

As a puppy parent its your job to stay current on information about your puppy’s future.

Here are some great links to help you with your research!

Please do your own research and don’t wait a day longer than you have too.

http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/early-puppy-socializat…

http://4pawsu.com/vaccination.htm

http://www.dogster.com/…/the-vaccination-vs-socialization-d…

http://m.petmd.com/…/waiting-until-after-vaccinations-too-l…

http://www.simplybehaviour.com/the-neuroscience-of-critical…