PUPPY INFORMATION

CAN I REALLY SOCIALIZE MY PUPPY BEFORE HE/SHE IS FULLY VACCINATED?

Not only CAN you, but you MUST!  You can provide your puppy with safe socialization before their vaccinations are completed.  Read these tips for how to safely socialize your puppy now and other important information.

POSITION STATEMENT ON PUPPY SOCIALIZATION
From the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)

Is a Puppy Right For You?

Do I REALLY Want a Puppy?

Choosing a Puppy

How to Find a Puppy:  pupquest.org

Puppies on the Internet

How to Choose a Good Dog Breeder

Puppies From Working Lines in Pet Homes

Before Your Puppy Comes Home

Before You Get Your Puppy, PDF

New Puppy Supply Checklist

Puppy Preparedness

Socialization Facts:

Many new puppy owners know that socialization is important, but not how to do it correctly. These articles give sound advice on how to make socialization a positive experience for everyone.

It is a violation of California law to sell a puppy under 8 weeks of age. Puppies removed from the litter too soon are at significant risk of developing behavior problems around dogs and humans. Developmental Stages & Socialization.  If your puppy's breeder/rescue is trying to send your puppy home early, say NO. Insist that your puppy remain with the litter and mother until 8 weeks of age.

Vaccinations vs. Socialization
You were told your puppy shouldn't go anywhere until fully vaccinated. Is that right? 

Socialization: Beyond the Dog Park
Dog parks are great...for some dogs. 

Teaching Your Puppy to Like and Respect People
One bad experience can have a dramatic impact on your puppy's personality.

Socialization Excuses
Do you hear yourself saying one of these excuses for not socializing your puppy?

Choosing a Puppy Class

What to Look For In a Puppy Class - Greta Kaplan

What to Look For In a Puppy Class - Jolanta Benal


RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR NEW PUPPY OWNERS:

PUPPY START RIGHT, Kenneth Martin and Debbie Martin

For puppies and dogs of all ages, this book is the ideal resource for all dog parents, dog trainers, puppy socialization class instructors, shelters and adoption agencies.

With almost 200 pages, corresponding photos, and step-by-step instructions, Puppy Start Right is the book for fostering and enhancing a parenting relationship among people and their dogs.

 

PUPPY PRIMER, 2ND EDITION - Patricia McConnell

Trainer favorite! Engaging, humorous and easy to follow, the updated Puppy Primer is packed with positive reinforcement tips and tricks, special topics and more. This updated and expanded version of our best-selling Puppy Primer is used by thousands of trainers across the U.S. New dog owners love it because it provides clear and concise information that makes training effective and fun. It's tone is upbeat and encouraging, yet it is chock full of even more useful information that every puppy owner needs.

PERFECT PUPPY IN 7 DAYS - Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

With 176 pages and over 400 photos, Dr. Yin explains why puppies do what they do, how even minor modifications in their environment and your inter-actions can dramatically affect their behavior, and how quickly they can learn when you set them up for success. This visual guide provides readers with a step-by-step plan for bonding with their pup, learning to communicate clearly, and providing the pup with essential life skills.

NOTE:  No puppy is perfect in 7 days!  However, this will give puppy owners a quick grasp of the many challenges that come with raising a puppy.

EBOOK:  RAISING PUPPIES & KIDS TOGETHER - A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, Pia Sylvani and Lynn Eckhardt

The relationship between puppies and kids can be magical, but it can become troublesome and even downright dangerous if proper behavior is not taught from the start. Here, top trainers show you the best training methods for a polite and well-mannered dog and also show you important rules to teach your child.

JUVENILE DELINQUENT DOGS - Sue Brown

You love your dog, and he does behave well some of the time. But at times your patience and sanity are put to the test! Your dog is not a bad dog, but he can behave like a juvenile delinquent at times. While we think of juvenile delinquents as adolescents or teenagers, juvenile delinquent dogs can be any age: puppies, adolescents, adults and sometimes even seniors. This book is probably the most complete manual on the market today on dealing with problem behaviors and more importantly, how to avoid them in the first place. Whether your dog is an adolescent or just an adolescent at heart, this book is for you.

dog psychology book THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH - Patricia B. McConnell, PhD

When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Focusing on human behavior, Dr. McConnell teaches readers how to retrain themselves to speak consistently in a language dogs understand and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages.

4Paws University highly recommends this entertaining book to anyone wanting a better understanding of their dog!

 
 
 

 

 
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