I just brought home a new puppy and am eager to teach her as much as I can. How can I best socialize my pup so that she will bond with my family, behave well, be as smart as possible and develop confidence?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
A critical learning period for your puppy is when she is between 4 and 14 weeks old. During this time, she will absorb information about the world that could affect her for the rest of her life. It is therefore important that you expose her to as many different places, people and experiences as possible. When doing so, make sure these times are positive and quell any fears you detect. We humans undergo a similar period of intense learning, only ours goes further into childhood and adolescence.
Usually, puppies that encounter cats at this time can later bond with felines, so try to introduce your dog to a cat during this period. A trick to get your puppy geared up for future veterinary office visits is to place your pet on your washing machine when it is turned off. The height and slippery surface mimic the metal tables at veterinary clinics, allowing your pet to get accustomed to this sensation in a more relaxed environment.