When to start?
Puppies should be handled since birth, so if you are adopting from a rescue or purchasing from a breeder you should be asking about what the socialization looked like before your puppy came home.
Both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior position statements state “It should be the standard off care for puppies to receive socialization BEFORE they are fully vaccinated.”
According to the AVSAB your puppy can start socialization as long as they have had 1 round of shots at least 7 days prior to starting their new class. Waiting can mean you miss the window completely. Watch this video to learn more, When to socialize
Are you reading your new puppy correctly?
One of the most important parts of your job as a new puppy parent is helping your puppy build confidence in following you and in the world around him.
In order to do a good job at this you have to be very keen on what your puppy’s body language is saying about what they are feeling. You want to look out for any sign your puppy is unsure. Now is the time to be a proactive and protective puppy parent.
What is socialization?
Socialization is not about letting your puppy play with as many dogs as possible and meet as many people as possible. It is about teaching your puppy the skills and habits necessary for participating within society; while being happy and confident in the world around him. Socialization for pups seems to be generally defined by many dog lovers as the act of meeting and playing with other dogs which can create many long term behavior problems, watch this video to learn more:socialization the right way