Socialising is an essential part in any young dogs life, it is all about preparing the puppy for people, other animals or events it will run into in later life, assisting and ensuring your puppy will grow into a happy, healthy, and importantly confident adult.
Below are some of the interactions we would like to highlight to new puppy owners as areas of importance to socialise your puppy to help them grow into a confident adult dog, regardless of breed!
Strangers - New People the puppy has never met before, children, adults, elderly, different accents and/or languages, walking styles and more if available.
New Dogs - Dogs the Puppy does not live with, preferably well behaved adult dogs, or puppies who they can play with of equal size/roughness.
New Situations - Show the puppy there is nothing to be afraid of! Car Journeys, Town visits, Shop visits, public transport, keep it positive and never end on a bad experience!
New Textures - Different textures to walk on are important for a puppy to become accustomed to. Indoors with carpet, tiles, wood and laminate and outdoors with puddles, mud, grass, pavement and more uncommon surfaces such as sand and snow if available.
New Noises - Expose the puppy to new, different noises regularly. Household noises such as the hoover, polish, closing doors, pots and pans, and the more unusual noises often heard outdoors such as fireworks and car horns or traffic.
Actions - A commonly forgotten socialisation, show the puppy different actions we perform which are unusual, such as putting up an umbrella, shaking open a bag, erecting a tunnel etc. Encourage the puppy to be involved or relaxed.
Events - Depending on your plans for your puppy, it is wise to let them adjust to the atmosphere. Often, Conformation shows will have a baby puppy class (4-6 months), agility and active sports allow puppies to spectate, and already early in age the puppy could take part in the beginning of obedience if you pleased. If the dog will be working, introduction to Sheep/livestock is an essential part of having a confident working companion in older years.
Grooming/Handling - Teach the puppy to not only tolerate, but enjoy being groomed and handled! Handle the mouth, ears, paws, nails and tail regularly, and adjust the puppy to being brushed and/or gently pulled at overtime. Especially for Komondor you should get them used to having their hair played with, as when they are older and you need to cord it will make life a lot easier.
Livestock - Cows, Sheep, Goats, Horses, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks and other livestock all behave differently, it is ideal to teach a puppy from a young age how they should behave around each of the different types. Puppy should be taught not to chase, bark at or pounce on any of the animals.. Often herding dogs will display their herding instinct very early, this is a different behaviour and should not be mistaken for chasing.