Puppy Socialization Techniques
Socialization is very important for a dog. Most large dog breeds have a natural guarding instinct that manifests in their aggressive behavior. Include socialization as an important part of your puppy care from the very first day to prevent the risk of hostile display by the dog in the future. The time between 3 and 10 weeks is crucial for a dog to become socialized. After 10-12 weeks, a dog starts exhibiting caution and develops a stronger psychology.
They must know that you are the pack leader and hence the ultimate authority. This will put the puppy at ease (assuming it’s not an Alpha Type) and help them understand their position in the pack (your family). Praise them with an enthusiastic sounding tone in your voice and pet them vigorously after they’ve done their business. This teaches them your approval of their behavior. An important part of your new puppy care is establishing this positive relationship.
As with small children, it’s up to you to put the puppy in an environment that is safe for them, and won’t ruin something expensive for you. Puppies explore with their mouths as much as anything, and they learn about the different textures of things by gnawing. Also, chewing makes their razor sharp teeth feel better by rubbing the super sharp edges down just a bit. The key to new puppy care is to understand how your puppy sees the world and what her motivations are.
Pet-proof your home before welcoming the puppy in your home. Change your home setting and interior decor in a way that household items do not pose a threat to the little one. Prepare a puppy care checklist in consultation with the breeder and buy essential supplies accordingly.
Rest assured, basic puppy care isn’t something that comes naturally for anyone. We learn helpful tips from others who’ve been successful at raising and training dogs. And for the rest, well, we just learn as we go.
Your puppy care schedule must include daily playtime for the dog. Until the puppy turns 10 weeks, you may let it play within the safe confines of your home. However, after it turns into a 3-month old, start taking the dog for 20 to 30 minutes of a daily walk. A full-grown large dog may need more than 90 minutes of formal exercise a day.
It is also important though that your young dog should not do too much exercise on the lead until they are at least six moths old. Short bursts on the lead will be sufficient for your pup during those early weeks.