Why Is Puppy Socialization So Important?
Puppy socialization is essential to make your dog comfortable with all kinds of situations, peoples or environments.
Between 0 and 16 weeks of age, your puppy is in a development period ideal for socialization. Since it does not really know fear yet, your puppy is like a sponge ready to absorb experiences. He will then easily interpret these experiences as “normal” in its future life. It is important to make socialization a priority during this specific period of the dog’s life. Beyond 16 weeks, the animal will not be as permeable to new things.
Socialization With Sounds
In addition to exposing your puppy to a variety of experiences, people and environments, we also suggestion exposing your companion to various sounds. Since sounds are often the source of fears in dogs, getting your dog used to some noises will help prevent him from being scared of them later. How to accustom your dog to life sounds? Use our socialization sounds playlist!
The audio clip below contains a variety of sounds your dog may hear during his life: car noises, thunder, lawnmower, baby crying, etc. By having your puppy regularly listen to this sounds playlist, it will gradually become accustomed to certain noises and will therefore be more confident when having real encounters with these noise for the first time.
Here is how to use the socialization sounds playlist:
- Play the audio clip below at a very low volume to get started.
- After a few play, gradually increase the volume, never going highr than the puppy can easily cope with.
- Do not leave the puppy alone while the noises are playing. Play with him and feed him treats to ensure a positive association with the noises.
- Play the sounds playlist everyday until your puppy is able to accept the noises played at a volume comfortable for humans. Then continue to play the playlist once a week until your puppy is 1 year old.
*To download the audio clip, click here.