Socialising your new puppy
October 26, 2021
#didyouknow that there is a national increase in pet ownership of around 60% over the last couple of years? This is mainly due to COVID and people being home more. However, we are still seeing a steady stream of new puppies coming into the practice.
We have a great puppy pack full of information for new owners. An exciting example is the socialisation chart. The chart contains examples of common items and sounds that your puppy may come across. As an owner, you can tick off the example as an ‘achievement’ each time your new puppy has been exposed to it. For example, take them out to experience a bus driving by or a cyclist riding their bike. You can expose them to new people and places and even the hoover and mop at home. The chart contains LOTS of exposure ideas and as your new puppy is exposed to them, you can tick them off the list.
Make sure you take your puppy outdoors in your arms (providing they are small and light enough to carry) to experience new things before they are fully vaccinated. It is VERY important that they don’t go down on the ground or get close to other dogs. Being able to see other dogs from afar and hear them is good but you don’t want to expose them to potential infections before they are fully vaccinated.
If you have more questions about owning a new puppy, read answers to the most common questions asked about new puppies in this PDSA article:
If you are concerned about the health of your new puppy, get in touch with our Client Care team via PetsApp or by phone.
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