Steps You Can Take to Help Your Puppy During the Socialization Period Include:
- Making sure all training is fun and avoid any type of punishment
- Avoiding going to dog parks or large daycare places (wild, high energy dogs can scare younger puppies)
- Avoiding forcing your puppy to do something he is afraid of - instead go slow in these situations.
There Are Many Ways to Safely Socialize Your Puppy Before They Have Finished All of Their Vaccines:
- Have family and friends come to your house to play with your puppy
- Have you puppy play with healthy, friendly dogs that you know
- Enroll them in a puppy socialization class (be sure the class is held in a clean environment)
- Take your puppy to the vet for "fun" visits (have the staff give your puppy a treat)
- Take your puppy in the car when you run errands (be sure that the weather is appropriate- not too cold or too hot)
- Take your puppy to the homes of family and friends
- Introduce your puppy to novel objects in your home (vacuum, washer/dryer, broom, boxes, skate boards, bikes, etc.)
- Introduce your puppy to a variety of noises (alarms, banging pots/pans, blow dryers, buzzers, radio, TV, etc.)
Shannon Coyner Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as an handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West. Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Shannon is currently serving as President for the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Shannon's dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement, however, her ultimate goal is for healthy happy relationship between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal. Shannon is currently the owner of Ventura Pet Wellness and Dog Training Center in Ventura, CA where she works with anxious and fearful dogs privately as well as teaching agility classes (Venturapetwellness.com). Shannon has also started a training website called Truly Force Free Animal Training (trulyforcefree.com).