Download our free guide to help your puppy develop into a sociable and confident adult dog
Just as human children learn about the world around them as they grow and develop into adults, so do puppies during the first year or so of their lives. Without help in acquiring these important skills, your puppy may be limited to their interaction with people, other dogs and the world they live in.
Socialisation and habitualisation are the two key processes your puppy needs to go through. Socialisation teaches your young pet about the dogs, other animals and humans that they will come across, and how they should interact with them. Habitulisation focuses on your puppy’s understanding of their environment, including how to deal with vehicles and traffic, crowds and strangers, thunderstorms and fireworks, and many other potentially stressful circumstances for your pet.
If socialisation and habitualisation do not happen effectively, the behavioural consequences for your dog can be serious. These can include extreme difficulty in training, excessive fear or anxiety and behaviours related to them, unwanted barking or howling, and even aggression towards animals and people. Issues such as these are far trickier to rectify in an adult dog, and in the most extreme cases can even lead to you no longer being able to keep your pet.
Champion Vets have put together a comprehensive guide to socialisation and habitualisation for your puppy, which can be downloaded completely free of charge here: Download our comprehensive guide to puppy socialisation.
If you require more in-depth advice and assistance however, we can also refer you to one of our professional pet behaviourists and trainers. If you would like any further advice about either socialisation or habitualisation, please contact a member of our team of veterinary professionals at your local Champion Vets branch. brought your new puppy to a Champion Vets practice already then your vet will have spoken to you about these concepts and recommended that you download this guide