Preparing Puppies for Life

The first few weeks in a puppy’s life are of the utmost importance for its emotional development. During this time he is shaped and prepared for the rest of his life by his mother, his siblings, and “his” people. Whether the little one meets his future owner trustingly and without suspicion of his environment or fearfully and shyly prefers to avoid everything, depends crucially on the rearing conditions, but also on the genetic material of its parents.

Human contact

As a buyer, you should make sure that the breeder of your choice practices his puppy rearing in the house and garden. This ensures that the puppies have a lively confrontation with average everyday situations and, above all, close contact with people. Especially the latter is of great importance: if the puppy experiences human connection as a positive matter of course right from the start, then the best course is set for later problem-free acclimatization with the new owner.

Encourage instead of overtaxing

As a puppy owner, you can build on this later and look for many opportunities with your puppy to gradually broaden your puppy’s horizons. From getting to know the new pack to neighbors and friends and finally also crowds of people at markets, department stores, pet shops, and bus stations, your puppy should gradually get used to unfamiliar situations and people. But be careful: don’t overdo it. You could easily overwhelm your puppy with too many impressions and then achieve the opposite. Your puppy doesn’t need to be introduced to the whole world on day one.

Contact with peers

In the puppy room, your puppy was in constant physical contact with its siblings and its mother, and perhaps also with other animals that belonged to the breeder’s household. In the game, he was able to test his strength and limits as well as the reactions and body language of his playmates and train in important things such as bite inhibition. He should also have learned how to appease and appease superior opponents.

Learning “doglike”

You should allow your puppy to continue this process – socialization with conspecifics – by regularly attending a good dog school with him, where puppies of the same age and possibly of different breeds can play and romp together in small groups in a controlled manner. “Reading” the body language of other breeds and dealing with it appropriately has a high priority in puppies and young dog age behave peacefully and socially even in everyday dog ​​encounters.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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