Critter Corner: Socializing a new dog in unnormal times

Dear Miss Behavin’: We will be getting a new puppy in the next few weeks and want to make sure that we set them up to be a well-balanced dog but are unsure the best ways to socialize them in a time of social distancing. Do you have any suggestions on how to socialize our pup?

This is an excellent question and one that many new owners are facing. While it can be a challenge to expose our pups in the manner we are used to, it is not impossible.

Things to consider when socializing your pup, is what does your ‘normal’ life look like and be sure that you work at getting them used to the sights or sounds of that. In addition, you will want to work on exposing them to many of the following examples. Familiar and unfamiliar people of different ages and heights. The different types of handling and restraint included in vet visits, trips to the groomer or by strangers. Exposure to other animals including but not limited to dogs. Exposing to different surfaces such as textures, levels of stability, being wet or slippery, being shiny or reflective and types of stairs.

Moving objects like skateboards, bicycles, scooters, motorcycles or cars. Household items like brooms, vacuums, leaf blowers, rakes and pool or lawn furniture. This is just a small sample of what is out there to socialize your pup to, get creative and have fun! If you notice your pup showing signs of stress or avoidance around an item, you will want to work on getting them used to the item and allowing them the opportunity to figure out the item is safe.

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You can help with the process by encouraging them when they are brave and investigating it and exposing them at a distance, they are comfortable with. Part of a successful socialization process is multiple exposures to the same types of items over time and in different settings.

We are currently offering in-person or virtual consults if you would like more help with how to socialize your pup.

Tasha Suda is the Lead Dog Trainer for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Behavior Department. For more information, please visit www.phs-spca.org, call 650-340-7022 or email tsuda@phs-spca.org.

 

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