The Puppy Socialization Project: Intensity and Thresholds for Socialization

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If you have a puppy or older dog who worries about new environments or things in the environment (novelty, people, children, other dogs), it is extremely important to know how to arrange the environment for success.  We choose the environments and props so the dog or puppy can be successful. This means keeping the intensity low enough to keep the dog from reacting negatively to the new stimulus. We call this keeping him under threshold.

Rogers, M., Anderson, E., (2022). Intensity and thresholds in puppy socialization. The Puppy Socialization Project. Retrieved March 28, 2022, from


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Topic(s): Behavior, Breeder Resource, Socialization