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What You Should Know Before Taking Your Puppy to the Dog Park


Dog parks can provide excellent exercise and social interaction for most dogs, and even their owners! But not all dog parks are created equal. Certain parks aren’t safe (or fun) for every dog, and situations within the park can change quickly... even drastically. Depending on the type of dog and the type of person, the experience can vary wildly. Some dogs take to the new environment with ease, while others take longer to adjust. And some just aren’t going to take to it at all — not now, or ever.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Dog Leash

When To Start Socializing Your New Puppy


Many people ask when to start socializing their new puppy – and receive many different answers!

It’s possible that you’ve received a different answer from your breeder or shelter than you have from your trainer, and it’s equally as likely that you’ve even received an answer from your vet that’s different from both of those. So who’s right? When exactly should you start socializing your new pup?


There’s no doubt that puppy socialization is an important topic.  We’ve all seen the sad results of dogs who weren’t properly socialized, and many of those dogs end up abandoned or in shelters.  The need for proper socialization for dogs just makes sense inherently, doesn’t it? And now a building mountain of scientific evidence is helping to prove it, too.

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Topics: Dog Training, Safety, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Puppy classes

How To Socialize Your New Puppy and Why It’s Important


Congratulations!

You’ve added a new puppy to your home and family. What a wonderful feeling and what a great adventure you’re in for!

That adventure can be that much better – both for you and for your pup – if you take some simple steps and invest the time necessary.  You want to get him used to his surroundings and the life he will now be living – both with you specifically, and within society generally.

This process is generally known as “socialization,” but here at Preventive Vet we like to call it "Proactive Exposure Training" to better encompass all of the different experiences your dog will have. It's more than just providing social time with other dogs and humans — you want to introduce your pup to different noises and textures as well! It’s easy and fun to do, as well as vitally important, too.

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Topics: Dog Training, Puppy, Socialization, Training, Dog, Vaccination, Puppy classes, Dog Behavior

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