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What is puppy socialization?

Socialization as it pertains to dogs is defined as introducing anything to your dog as a puppy that they will potentially encounter as an adult.  A lot of people only understand socialization to mean that your dog has been introduced to new dogs successfully.  Truly socializing your dog would mean introducing your puppy new places, people, children, sounds, objects, and other dogs.

Why is socializing your puppy important?

Puppyhood is a critical time in your dog's development.  Between the ages of 6-18 weeks of age canine development experts agree puppies form their first experiences.   These first experiences can help shape and determine what kind of temperament your dog will have.  The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior had this to say about Puppy Socialization in their Position Statement on Puppy Socialization:  "Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time (first three months of life) can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear avoidance and / or aggression.   Behavior problems are the greatest threat to the dog -owner bond.  In fact behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters. "- From American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Is there a wrong way to socialize your puppy?

Yes, there is a wrong way to socialize a puppy.  Putting too much pressure on a puppy, by overwhelming or frightening them at this crucial age can do lasting damage.

How MK9 can help?

 Morris K9 Campus is committed to helping build well behaved, balanced, and reliable dogs.  We believe that Socialization is so important to the community that we decided to accomplish this by offering FREE Puppy Classes!

 Primary puppy class objectives:

1. Introduce and socialize puppies to as many new people and new things as possible, without overwhelming or over stimulating them.

2. Lay the ground work for a wonderful temperament and well behaved dog by teaching puppy manners.

3. Help pet owners with common puppy problems i.e. house training, chewing, mouthing, and jumping.

4. Let the puppies play!  The easiest way to teach dogs appropriate play behaviors is for them to learn from each other.   We'll set play groups up by size and temperament. 



1. American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

2. Miller DM, Stats SR, Partlo BS, et al.  Factors associated with the decision to surrender a pet to an animal shelter. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1996; 209; 738-742

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