Puppy Socialisation

Socialisation is one of the most important things you can do for your puppy.  It’s all about letting them meet people and other animals, and letting them experience lots of everyday sights and sounds, especially in their first few weeks of life. 

 Early socialisation is important as it can help prevent behavioural problems later. 

 Get your puppy accustomed to new people and situations gradually as soon as it is safe to do so. 


Puppy Socialisation Classes

You can bring your puppy to our Puppy Socialisation Classes once it has received its 2nd vaccination.  At these classes there’s lots of opportunity to play with other puppies and to get accustomed to other adults.  We find that puppies that have been to these classes grow into well-adjusted dogs and are usually more comfortable about visiting the vets in the future. More information about our Puppy Socialisation Classes.


Sound Socialisation Programme

The programme is designed to help puppies become familiar with everyday sounds so they are comfortable with them.  They include traffic, domestic noises, children and fireworks. The supporting manual explains how to settle a puppy into a new home and how to deal with problems such as house training, play biting, and settling a puppy at night. Sound Socialisation Programme


Socialisation Advice

  1. All the new experiences must be good ones. If your puppy seems anxious or afraid when doing or seeing something new, calmly end what they’re doing. Don’t try to comfort or reassure your puppy as this will make them think that there was something to be scared about. Just be positive and upbeat and do something different. This is very important in helping to avoid developing fears and phobias.
  2. Build up new experiences gradually; for example, go to a local row of shops before a shopping precinct; a quiet road before a busy road etc. When your puppy is calm and relaxed, give them occasional praise and healthy treats so that they enjoy the experience.
  3. Three new experiences a day is a sensible number, remembering to repeat them as often as possible once your puppy is happy with them.
  4. Supervise play with other dogs carefully. Don’t let the play get too boisterous.