Socializing Your Puppy: Why “Later” is too Late

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It’s a common scenario. You’ve just brought home your new puppy. Eight weeks old, all roly-poly fluff and cute as a button. You’ve heard that puppies need to be “socialized,” and you definitely plan to work on that when you get a chance. Maybe sign up for a class with your local trainer, or start taking her for walks around the neighborhood. But not just yet. You’ll start when the weather gets warmer. When your work schedule eases up a bit and you have more time. When the kids go back to school. And you want to make sure she’s had all her shots first, right? There will be plenty of time for socializing later. Wrong.

Summerfield, J. (2018, July 3). Socializing your puppy: Why “later” Is too late. Dr. Jen’s Dog Blog. Retrieved January 2, 2023, from

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Topic(s): Behavior, Breeder Resource, Socialization