AVSAB Puppy Socialization Position Statement

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The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. (2008). AVSAB position statement on Puppy Socialization. Retrieved February 14, 2022, from https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf

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Topic(s): Behavior, Breeder Resource, Socialization