This evening on the way to the dog park we met a couple of puppies along the way. The photograph of the day goes to the second puppy we met along the Harborwalk. The owner was out letting his pup get a little exercise and socialize with other dogs and people. If you have a new puppy or are concidering one, regular socialization paves the way to a well balanced dog later.
Spring is a good time to get a puppy, considering the amount of time you will be spending outside between bathroom breaks and letting your puppy explore their new world. You socialize puppies by introducing them to other people, dogs and situations to help them become comfortable with whatever comes their way later. The more time you can put in now will pay off in dividends as your dog matures. It really does make a big difference.
Socializing a puppy is a rather easy task. Take them for a walk in the park, let strangers pet, pick up and play with your young pup. When your puppy has their vaccinations let them play with “nice dogs”. Try not to be over protective and let them learn for themselves. If you feel like you are over your head, find a local puppy class. In Boston there are a number of places you and your dog can learn more about how to be a well balanced dog later