The Complete Puppy Socialization Guide. Courtesy of Whole Dog Journal

It’s a lot of work to arrange for and manage your puppy’s social life, but worth every minute, since it can have a positive – or negative – influence on the rest of his interactions, for life!

One of the neatest things about puppies is that they are little sponges! They soak up the world around them, and when they feel safe, they are curious and engaged with life. We all know that socializing puppies – the process of getting them accustomed to the world around them – is critical to a pup’s comfort and happiness later in life. Socialization can help puppies:

- Learn how to get along with other dogs and not be afraid of people.

- Get accustomed to handling – a skill that can help with grooming, vet visits and more.