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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…

Tips for Training a Puppy Not to Chew

Getting a puppy is exciting and rewarding, but it can come with a few sacrifices, one of which might be your favorite pair of shoes if you’re not careful. Puppy chewing is so common, but you don’t have to resign yourself to years of gnawed-on furniture and lost footwear. Why Do Puppies Chew? They do it for the same reasons human babies chew: teething and exploration. Chewing helps the teeth come through and makes their gums feel better; meanwhile, putting things in their mouths is how they get to know the world. Of course, your dog will continue to chew…