Puppies can learn tricks and other stuff throughout their lifespan, but they have a critical period to learn socialization that lasts about three weeks and rises to between 12 and 14 weeks. Studies show that a lack of good communication during this time can lead to problematic behavior and fear in older dogs.
Play activities are essential for dogs to lead a good social life, and it can be fun for them. But if playtime is not controlled and carefully presented, it can do more harm than good.
It is not uncommon for well-meaning owners to reserve a spot simultaneously – and often to have a party – or to head directly to a local dog park. But that is not a universal scenario.
Instead, it might be of great help if you do your research, both in terms of the category you subscribe to and the playing dates you plan. That way, you will be setting your puppy to success.
One Rule Does Not Fit All
When looking for a puppy category, you do not need to focus on a formal format, teaching basic instructions and obedience.
Experts emphasize the importance of good health, off-leash monitoring, and understanding the basics of non-compulsory training methods. You have your puppy’s whole life to teach them how to catch you sitting down. But you have their first 18 churches (maybe a few) to teach them that the world is a safe and happy place.
Playing without a leash in a controlled environment should be encouraged. It allows your pup to get feedback on their real-time communication skills from their peers when the error cost is still meager. Puppies that do not have adult teeth cannot hurt each other poorly. With proper guidance, no one will fear you.
But supervision, rather than being free of charge for all, playtime in the puppy class is essential. Shy puppies need to be given a chance to watch and absorb the vibration of boring play. They can then enter when they are ready rather than repeatedly being bitten, bitten, and chased, which will only aggravate their fears.
Studies show that dogs that went to a six-week course, instead of not reading or one group of a puppy, were more likely to respond positively to strangers. It is also better to graduate than to go in and out from time to time.
Importance of Setting Play Days
As well as going to classes, you may want to set up puppy play days with dog-friendly friends.
It is best to start with individual times in a neutral and safe environment, with puppies well suited to play style and size.
Don’t hold a grudge against your friends. Turn off the watch to ensure that the dogs will stay relaxed and happy.
Be Your Child’s Advocate And Let Them Make Choices
The best is to avoid pushing your puppy into it, especially if they show a fearful attitude.
If things get tough, and you are not sure if your child feels frustrated or abused, consent testing is essential.
Gently hold the dog that may be coming too strong, and the other child will vote with his feet. If they come back soon to start a big game, then they are a game. If they are taking the opportunity to get water to drink, run, or wander about, they need to rest.
Don’t be afraid to come forward and defend your pup in class or playground. If they hide behind you and another student keeps coming to them, ask their owner to come in.
Plus, it’s okay for them to sit on your lap first to bring things in. Let them share when they are ready and ready, knowing that they can get back to you – their safe place – whenever they need to.
Reading Body Language
One way you can protect your child is to understand their body language. It is easier to make a mistake by roaring, pinching, fighting, and holding anger than playing. However, healthy play involves one or more of those activities.
Subtle signs that your pup is scared or depressed may include a hooked tail, trembling, stable posture, pinched ears, or whale’s eye. They can also show humble submission. Other common examples include excessive yawning, licking lips, sniffing the floor, or obstructing their gaze.
How About A Dog park?
While well-maintained dog parks can offer confident older dogs the benefits, they are not the best places to introduce small playful puppies.
In addition to the risk of your child contracting the disease before completing the vaccination, controlling the set is a significant challenge. Your puppy may be frightened or injured by noisy old dogs.
Wait on the dog park idea till your puppy is at least six months old because when conflicts arise, dogs roam the competition using a combination of body language and harmless anti-social behavior such as roaring and barking.
Puppies that have never been pre-installed with a lot of good dog experience can be understood to be very sensitive to these sounds and sounds. They may also think that all the strange adult dogs are scary.
Instead, let them find their social skills in a safe environment. If they develop good relationships with other dogs here, when something goes south to the dog park, they are more likely to be able to get you out.