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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 Far Can I Walk My Puppy?

When it comes to exercise, you pup is no different from you. Your puppy needs exercise to properly develop their joints, boost their mood and maintain a healthy weight. Walking your puppy is a great way to exercise your pup while being able to provide mental stimulation and socialization. As such small and not-so-coordinated creatures, it can be tough to know how much walking and exercise your growing puppy needs. While each puppy is different, here’s a basis of how far you can walk a puppy and what you can expect. Walking a 2-Month-Old Puppy While you shouldn’t walk your…