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Dogwood Animal Hospital

2050 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045

Fun Ways to Socialize Your New Puppy

March 1 2014

Proper socialization is key for getting your puppy to grow into a well-adjusted adult dog. If you’re wondering how to socialize your newest furry acquisition, try these fun tips from a Lawrenceville veterinarian.


Dog Parks


One of the main purposes of dog parks is to allow dogs to socialize and interact in a controlled environment. Keep your dog on a leash, and avoid aggressive dogs or even large dogs that could frighten your pet. Ask your vet if there are any well-regarded dog parks near you.


Play Dates


Have a friend or relative with a dog? Consider setting up a puppy play date to allow your dog to interact with another canine companion. Keep a close eye on both dogs to make sure they’re staying friendly—you don’t want your plan to backfire.


Plan a Puppy Party


Invite some friends over for a fun get-together. It’ll be fun for you, and great socialization time for your pup! He needs to get used to humans from an early age to develop into a well-adjusted, trusting adult. Just make sure your pup doesn’t get overwhelmed by your company—if he seems agitated or nervous, lead him to a quiet back room to allow him to settle down.


Take a Ride


If your puppy is comfortable riding in the car, take him out for a ride. Drive through a neighborhood, go through a drive-thru, or ride through a park, allowing your pooch to see the sights and smell the smells of the outside world. Your Lawrenceville veterinarian can advise you on getting your puppy used to car rides, making all future trips easier.


Out in Public


Once your pup is comfortable with rides, try getting out of the car so your dog can experience people in public. Hang out on a street corner, outside the mall, or near a coffee shop, allowing your pooch to see passerby and even other pets.


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