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Home Socialization Quick Pointers
The pup can only be in your home, car, and relieving area.
The pup is not fully vaccinated and cannot be exposed to the yard, grass, public areas, etc.
Give the pup time to explore and check everything out safely
Follow behind them and see what attempts they make to explore alone
If the pup seems overwhelmed give them quiet time in their crate
Allow interaction with family, friends, and safe family pets
Don't swarm or overwhelm the pup, but allow social interaction
Give busy breaks frequently on a hard, dry surface like a road, driveway, or pavement
Remember to clean the area with a 30:1 bleach solution before and after the pups are with you!
Praise the pup outside right after they have busied with food, verbal praise, and petting
Take the pup to the same spot every time
Should be quiet and as distraction free as possible
Brief socialization with new noises, people, or exposures
Less than 15 minutes
Observe body language and behavior
What changes did you see with a new exposure or environment?
How quickly did it go back to their normal body language?
Support without forcing or coddling
Praise, praise, praise!
The more a puppy gets rewarded the more they will offer that behavior and become confident and understand that you are looking for good behavior.
Use food, fun toys, and a happy voice to encourage
Praise any attempts at exploration when the puppy seems uncomfortable or nervous
Always end on a positive note when finishing sessions.
If the pup gets overwhelmed reward any attempt at investigating or listening to you and then end the session.
As the pup gets older start directing the sessions more with teaching their name, walking on leash, and taking kibble politely.
Set the expectation that listening to the handler is encouraged and desired
Remember that pups absorb and take in their environment all the time
A pup’s behavior might change in a positive or negative way when revisiting exposures
Fill the worksheet out before returning the puppy to the boarding kennel
Add any notes or observation you feel are necessary to help us better place the puppy with the best fit puppy raiser.
Keep active learning sessions with you under 15minutes
If the pup is overwhelmed make the sessions shorter
Pick 2-3 objectives to briefly work on for success and retention
Track any changes, improvement, sensitivities, fears, etc. so we can thoroughly assess the puppy’s temperament
Observe the pup’s independent exploration and play time with other dogs