It is pretty great how much more dog friendly our society is becoming, and how dogs are allowed in a greater variety of places than they ever were before. However, not all dogs are going to enjoy accompanying you everywhere, and that’s ok: it’s no failure!
Many times we get a dog and expect them to fit into our lives seamlessly and be content sharing all of our activities with us. But sometimes those expectations may not be realistic straight off the bat, and a lot of work may go into giving our dogs the tools that they need in order to be able to partake in such activities. Especially settling.
The 8–12-week stage is critical for a puppy’s social development, and not only will proper socialisation give your dog the best chances of growing up into a behaviourally sound adult, but it will also help prevent potential problems from developing later down the line. However, in order to truly reap the benefits of a socialisation programme, we must be smart about how we do things.