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What is Puppy Socialization?

Puppies go through a “critical period of socialization” or a “sensitive period” when they’re about 3-16 weeks old. This is where puppy socialization is key. At this time, the brains of young puppies are sponges, absorbing information about what’s safe and good in the world. They’re far less likely to have fearful responses to new experiences while they’re this age. As they leave the critical socialization period, dogs naturally become more “neophobic,” or afraid of new experiences. This is completely normal, but can pose a problem for puppy owners: how do you take advantage of your puppy’s socialization period without…

Puppy Behaviors to Look Out For

Bringing home a puppy is a time of joy and apprehension! When I brought my new puppy home a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time and energy scrutinizing his every move. Was this behavior normal? Would he grow up to be a happy, confident dog? Did I need to worry about anything? What are the behaviors to look out for in a new puppy? It was exhausting. There are certain problem behaviors that are incredibly common and normal puppy behavior: chewing, crying when alone, having potty accidents, and biting at hands, to name a few. But there…

How to Choose a Name for your Dog

Choosing a name for a dog is one of the many exciting things about getting a puppy. For some people, picking a name can be quick and easy. For others, it’s a task that involves research, debates and maybe even a change or two. After all, a dog’s name is permanent (well, usually)! In order to help you choose, we have put together some ideas to consider during the name process. As I held my first puppy, I felt completely stumped as to what I should call this squirmy, white, fluff ball looking up at me. After careful consideration and…