We've created this interactive checklist to help you work through the many experiences that should be included in your puppy's socialization. From sights and sounds to being handled and more, it's important to expose your puppy in a positive way to the different things they'll experience throughout their life. Introducing your pup to the items in the list will help them learn that new people, different sounds and textures, and being handled are all things to not be worried about!
Work through this interactive list and check off what you expose your dog to as you explore the world together. Scroll down or click here to access the checklist.
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These items in the list are suggestions — you should add your own and tailor the list to your everyday surroundings. To help you, especially with sounds like thunder and babies crying, we've put together a resources list of free videos and sounds to help your socialization and desensitization efforts.
"Low and slow, short and sweet" is the best way to condition your dog to new things. Go slow and always give your dog the choice to walk away and add more distance from something if they show caution or fear. Pair these different experiences with things your dog loves, from high-value treats to praise and petting, or even playing with a favorite toy.
When going through this list, select one of the three "grades" for how your puppy reacted to the experience:
If you want to learn more about how to evaluate your dog's body language, check out some great resources available at our Decoding Canine Body Language Resource Page.
At the top of the interactive checklist you can see how many items you've checked off and how many items are in the "Meh!" and 'Hated it!" categories so you know what you'll need to work on with your puppy.
Keep this tab open on your desktop or phone* so it's handy when you need it! And print a copy out to post in your home so everyone can update as you go. Printer-friendly version. *Your selections will be saved as long as you do not clear your browser's cache.
Visit our Puppy Proactive Exposure and Socialization Resource Page for videos of sounds for your puppy to listen to, smartphone app resources, and how-to videos on how to properly use conditioning and counter conditioning techniques.
Have fun exploring!
Proactive Exposure Training
Socializing your puppy to 100 things in 100 days
Completed of 100
_ - Loved it!
_ - Meh!
_ - Hated it!