One of the leading causes of behavior problems is lack of proper early socialization. Poorly socialized puppies turn into dogs who are afraid of everything new. Some dogs end up shy, others react with aggressive displays towards new people and dogs.
General advice about caring for your new puppy or dog © Dorota Holden
As a new puppy or dog owner, you will be aware of the responsibilities that come with dog owning and caring for your dog. However, you will also benefit from the incredibly rewarding and pleasurable experience of dog ownership.
In time, with the correct training and care, your puppy or dog will hopefully become a well-adjusted adult who is a pleasure to own and a credit to you and the dog society at large.
This section includes information for when you first bring your puppy or dog home and provides support and tips on socialisation environment, feeding, walking and much more.
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When you collect your new puppy it will probably be nervous being taken away from its litter and/or environment for the first time. Here are some tips on how to make your new puppy as relaxed as possible:
The Kennel Club believes that micro-chipping makes a clear link between a dog and its owner. More than 100,000 dogs are lost or stolen each year, with many having to be kept in kennels before being re-homed. Having a microchip means they can be reunited quickly with their owners, reducing the stress for dog and owner alike.
By law, from 2016 all dogs must be microchipped and contact details MUST be kept up to date.
Having your puppies implanted with a Petlog microchip means that they will be registered on the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. Registration on the Petlog database provides your puppies and their owners many benefits including:
Your puppy is likely to be 8 weeks old when you first meet him. With the help of his mother and breeder, he will already have taken some important steps to becoming a well-balanced and socialized dog.
In the first days of his life, your puppy relied entirely on his mother to feed him and keep him warm. However, your breeder will have handled him gently, introducing him to human contact.
The sensory capabilities and motor skills develop quickly as physical changes enable your puppy to see, smell, hear, taste and touch his new world for the first time. By the end of this period he will have learned to walk. Your breeder will have ensured the secured living area was large enough to remove himself from the sleeping area to urinate and defecate.
He will have started to learn how to eat without suckling and it is possible that his mother may have started to discourage feeding from her. At this sensitive time, your breeder may have started to introduce him to solid feeding.
The greater the variety of positive experiences your puppy has before the age of 8 weeks old, the more prepared he will be to cope with the day-to-day experiences in life. Your breeder knows this and will have handled him frequently. To prepare him for life without his mother, your puppy will have been weaned from suckling her to eating solid food and he will now be self-sufficient in feeding and drinking.
Your breeder should pass to you an information sheet on all the socialisation activities they have completed with your puppy and advice on the actions you need to continue with. The Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust has produce an online plan to help you complete comprehensive socialisation which will be the foundation of your puppy's future wellbeing: www.thepuppyplan.com
If you get your new pup from a rescue - then they should be able to provide you with information on the pups previous history.