Daily walks are great opportunities to expose dogs to new sights, sounds, smells, humans and other animals. We walk in local parks and woods, taking them near school grounds, fields with farm animals, construction sites, or just walk on the busy roads. It gives you a chance to practice proper behaviour with your doggie since you’re likely to encounter more social situations during your walk.
Invite friends over /with children or without / and host them in a space where your dog can feel comfortable, such as your living room or garden. Make sure new people do not approach, crowd or overwhelm the dog. Wait until dog makes the first move and approach our guests when they are ready. If dog does not wander over to investigate, your guests can toss a treat from time to time to show the dog they come in peace. Keep the environment very positive and laid-back to keep all dogs relaxed and help them associate new people with good experiences
7 – 12 weeks. This is the ideal time for a puppy to go to his new home. This is the best time for a puppy to form close attachments to people and other animals. The brain has reached a level where it is able to adjust to changes.
Puppies of this age will attempt to make social bonds with other animals with people and will start to learn behavioural responses from their new environment. They are still at a stage where they will be exploring the world through with their mouths and are likely to chew and nip.
8 – 12 weeks. This has been referred to the ‘fear of novelty period’, although (as previously stated) there is evidence that some breeds, such as German Shepherds, can go through a fear period as early as 5 weeks. The brain is starting to form associations with objects and places, and this is a time when frightening, unpleasant experiences can become imprinted on the puppy’s brain. All new experiences during this period need to be calm and positive. High levels of excitement can result in an over-excitable puppy. Attention span is increased, motor skills develop, and new behaviours can be taught.
13 – 16 weeks. This is the beginning of adolescence. Adult teeth are emerging, and sexual hormones are starting to develop. Depending on breed and temperament, the puppy may start to become more confident and is likely to test boundaries. At this stage, many puppies become assertive in their behaviour. This is often a period when they may chew, nip, whine and bark for attention.
Also important to take your puppy/dog to dog training classes , work place, any dog events as Dog Fest or , dogs shows, dog group walks etc
It is important to keep in mind that dogs sense your emotions and if you seem stressed out or nervous about an experience, so will your furry friend, too. Through body language and tone, you should remain calm and confident. Don’t play into your dog’s fearful or nervous reactions. If you comfort them when they are frightened, you will teach them that there is a reason to be fearful. Your dog feeds off your reactions and attitude, so be calm, collected and act as though the situation is not a big deal.