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Successfully socializing your puppy isn’t all about timelines, although there are some important age markers to keep in mind. More importantly, you need to be aware of who your puppy is socializing with, including humans and other dogs. Let’s look at several factors you should consider when deciding how to start socializing your new puppy.

Age and Vaccinations

Most pet parents are concerned about what age they should start introducing their puppy to other dogs. It’s not so much about a specific age as it is about vaccinations. If your puppy is on a regular vaccine schedule, then they will likely complete their vaccinations around 16 weeks old, according to The American Kennel Club. They also recommend waiting until all vaccines are completed before taking the dog around other dogs. This is to protect your puppy from contracting a disease and to ensure that if your dog has something it doesn’t spread it to other dogs. Make sure the pet sitter you’re using also knows this rule.

Other Animals and Vaccinations

The 16-week mark isn’t a magic number that means you can allow your new puppy to be around anyone or any dog. It’s vitally important that you only allow your puppy to be around other dogs that are also fully vaccinated. Your animal does need socialization but not at the expense of getting sick. Inform your pet sitter to check with you before taking the puppy around other dogs.

How to Start Socialization

The best way to introduce your puppy to other dogs will be in the safety and familiarity of your home. Your puppy has already spent a lot of time getting acquainted with this space. They feel safe and somewhat in control here. Meeting new dogs might be stressful, so you want to do this in a place that feels comfortable.

You’ll also want to make sure that your dog stays on a leash for the first few interactions. You may not know how your dog is going to react to new animals, so the leash can be helpful. Not only will the leash give you more control over the puppy’s behavior, but it also gives you a quick way to get your puppy out of trouble if another dog starts to get aggressive.

These are just a few tips on how to start socializing your puppy. If you’re looking for a pet sitter in your area to help you with a new puppy, please contact DTX Pets today. We look forward to working with you.

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