Socializing Dog Tips for a Happy and Healthy Puppy

Here are some socializing dog tips essential for your Coton de Tulear puppy, or any new pup. It's one of the most important things you can do for your dog.

Coton de Tulear puppy

Dog socialization is often done automatically – you bring home a new puppy and you can’t wait to show off your cute little dog to everyone you meet. So your dog reaps the benefits by learning to adapt to a wide range of people coming and going from his life.

Socialization is so critical. Many of the behavioral issues and separation anxiety problems that older dogs face are due to inadequate socializing.

Puppy socialization can be as simple as:

  • Walking your puppy in a place where he’ll be exposed to adults, kids and other animals.
  • Walking your dog where he’ll get used to the sound of cars going by and bicycles whizzing past.
  • Getting him used to people coming and going from your house.
  • Having your dog receive lots of attention and affection from your friends and family.

Socializing Dog Benefits:

  • The more your puppy is exposed to at an early age the more he’ll be able to adapt to new and changing people, places and situations throughout his life.
  • He will be less timid.
  • He will be less likely to develop fears or separation anxiety issues.
  • He won’t develop aggressive behavior problems.
  • You will have a well behaved dog who can go anywhere with you and remain calm, well mannered, and content to be with you – no matter where you are and who you’re with.
  • He will be well-adjusted and happier.

While socializing is most beneficial for young puppies, the socialization does not end when your dog gets older. If you socialize puppy early on and then never expose him to any outside stimuli as an adult, you will be doing him a huge disservice.

Dogs are like people; the more we are exposed to all that life has to offer, the better off we are. Make your dog a part of your family and let him experience as many people, places, and situations as possible.

Coton de Tulear Puppy Socialization Checklist

Puppy Socialization Checklist for Coton de Tulear Owners

1. Introduction to New People

2. Exposure to Other Animals

3. Familiarization with Different Environments

4. Handling and Grooming Comfort

5. Sounds and Situations

6. Travel and Transportation

7. Visiting New Places