Puppy Socialisation Training
These are hour-long sessions which take place in a public location with you and your new puppy.
Socialisation isn’t just about throwing your puppy into new environments and hoping they will swim rather than sink. Quality is very much important over quantity. The types of socialisation that your puppy is getting will shape their temperament for the rest of their lives. We can help you with this.
During these sessions you will learn how best to socialise your puppy in a positive beneficial way without the experience being detrimental to your puppy’s development and long-term learning.
We will discuss how to interpret your puppy’s body language so that you can better understand how comfortable your puppy is (or isn’t!) when put in different situations and environments. This makes a huge different to a dog’s confidence levels in the short term and long term too.
By the end of the session you will understand how best to tailor your socialisation training plan for your personal long-term goals for you and your adult dog.
What is Socialisation?
The topic of socialisation for many new puppy owners is a daunting one.
There is a lot of conflicting advice in the pubic domain and sometimes it is difficult understanding how to socialise your puppy and how to integrate them into the busy world that we live in.
Many people don’t fully understand what ‘socialisation’ means. They think it is all about getting your dog to play with other dogs. However, this isn’t quite the case – there is a lot more to it than that.
Puppies need to learn socialisation and habituation. This stage of puppy development begins around four weeks of age and ends around sixteen weeks.
Socialisation is when a puppy develops skills to be able to interact with people, children, other dogs, and sometimes other animals. It is about them developing social relationships for daily life.
Habituation is when a dog learns to accept and ignore things as part of the environment instead of learning to react to them. This may include joggers, cyclists, traffic, livestock etc.
Why is it important?
Under-socialisation and over-socialisation each come with their own problems which can affect your dog for the rest of their life. Never underestimate the importance of correct socialisation!
Under-socialised puppies are often more fearful and anxious when placed in new situations or exposed to strange new things. Limited early socialisation can affect them for the rest of their life, sometimes causing reactive behavioural problems.
Over-socialisation is becoming more and more of a problem in the modern dog world, generally resulting in frantic, hyper, over-excitable adolescent or adult dogs that are difficult to control in social situations with other dogs and also the general public.
It is important that we teach young puppies these essential life skills so that they learn how to interact appropriately during social meets and greets rather than barking, screaming and lunging about on the end of the lead.
As such, starting your puppy’s socialisation journey early is of utmost importance.
Does my puppy need to be vaccinated for these sessions?
No! Absolutely not! The earlier you start socialisation and habituation, the better!
Many people don’t even consider taking their puppies out in public prior to their final vaccinations being complete, but this is actually one of the most important tasks for you to be doing as a new puppy owner!
Whilst your puppy can’t be in contact with the ground or other dogs, you can still carry them about in public (or take them out in a dog pram if they are a giant breed and too heavy to carry) and take advantage of the prime socialisation phase of your pup’s development.
If your puppy isn’t fully vaccinated, we can still give them just as much of a socialisation experience and get you going sooner rather than later for the best headstart possible!
GET IN TOUCH with us today to start your puppy's socialisation training!
The hour-long session costs £40.
Upon booking, Emma will have a discussion with you to determine which location will best suit your individual needs.