When buying a puppy, you should ask the breeder what they are doing to begin socializing the puppy. Puppies have a sensitive period for socialization between 3 and about 14 weeks of age. If they have lots of positive, happy experiences during this time it helps them to be calm and friendly adult dogs. The breeder should be raising the puppy in a home environment and getting it used to normal household sights and sounds. Of course, it’s important for you to continue socialization once you bring the puppy home, and a great way to get started is to sign up for a good puppy class with a trainer who uses positive reinforcement.
Contributors: Zazie Todd from Companion Animal Psychology