Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is Your Dog a Dog Park Dog?

Most people don’t realize just how small the socialization window is for puppies. The optimal time to have puppies playing with other puppies, off leash, is between age 8-16 weeks, then on through adolescence and adulthood. That’s the optimal time to bring a puppy to puppy class as well. While we used to wait for pups to have all their shots, we now understand that there is a behavioral risk to waiting, so many trainers now use the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior in their Position Statement on Puppy Socialization. Key Point: If you think your dog “needs more socialization” because he is having issues with other dogs, chances are that he needs something else, such as classical conditioning or desensitization work, and he may not be ready for the dog park. Read the entire article

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