Good socializing is exposing your puppy to as many new people, situations, places, things, smells and noises while they are developing that allows them to understand the world is a wonderful place to explore.
Socializing can prevent many unwanted behaviors and help a puppy to become easy to live with. Puppies that are kept outdoors, away from people and poorly socialized are more likely to become difficult to live with and end up being re-homed or turned into a shelter.
We strongly encourage you to enroll your puppy in a puppy class for early socialization with other dogs and people.
Responsible kids make good teachers, they play with toys, move around in noisy fun ways and naturally show a puppy a good time. Children that are friendly and respectful can teach a whole new world to puppies. Adults should supervise this play to help the puppy to learn good behaviors such as bite inhibition, and not to jump or chase.
Kids and adults who dress up in funny, colorful costumes and hats are a great way to expose puppies to all kinds of people and outfits.
Walking down a street or trail will expose your puppy to many new people and things.
Expose your puppy to as many: People, Places, Things, Noises, Smells, Surfaces as they are able to meet without becoming fearful. Use treats when needed, this will be often! Food is a great motivator that things are fun, fun, fun.
Don’t be afraid to remove your puppy from any situation you believe is dangerous or will cause them to be fearful!! A puppy does not have to “get used to it” just because someone thinks it’s ok. All puppies have natural fear periods and natural variances in temperament just like children and need time to develop . Some poodles run full out not afraid of anything, most need more time to think about things and adjust. Poodles are smart, they interpret things in their own time and way. Watch your poodle for cues and let them approach something new at their own speed. Remember treat, treat, treat! Build your puppies confidence and you will have a wonderful life long partner.
Word of caution: Keep your puppy away from dog parks, pet stores, rescues and animal shelters until they are fully vaccinated. If you know someone whose pet has had parvo or distemper, avoid that home. Parvo may live in an area for as long as 7 years. There are plenty of places to socialize your pet with out going to these areas.