Goldendoodles are some of the friendliest dog breeds. They’re extremely sociable and will get along with people, other dogs, and even cats — it’s in their nature to enjoy meeting new friends. When your Goldendoodle is still a puppy, there is a very narrow window for socialization, and it’s during his puppy years that you need to train him to be comfortable around others and in other environments.
Most dog owners would have no problem with this. They would just take their Goldendoodle puppy out for a walk or organize play dates with other puppies. But what about the puppies who need socialization during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The importance of socializing Goldendoodle puppy
Puppies that aren’t socialized grow up into unfriendly dogs. They’re more likely to be nervous around strangers, aggressive toward other dogs, and have general nervousness and behavioral problems. Socializing Goldendoodle puppy is an important step to take as a responsible dog owner. You’ll be helping your dog’s well-being and confidence. That’s why we socialize all of our puppies here at Sandiego Goldendoodle!
The goal of canine socialization is to build confidence and comfort within your dog, whenever he is introduced to new situations and environments. Studies show that puppies should begin to be socialized at 0-6 weeks of age. Fill your Goldendoodle puppy’s memories with positive experiences to keep him feeling happy and comfortable.
5 tips for socializing your Goldendoodle puppy
Let him experience new things
Take your Goldendoodle to new places where he can be exposed to new situations, new people, and new animals. The point of socialization is for your puppy to feel confident being in places he isn’t used to. You will need lots of variety, so avoid bringing your puppy to the same place every time. Make sure that your puppy meets all kinds of people of all ages, genders, etc, and that he encounters different environments like sand, soil, and more! Expose him to as many new and exciting things as possible.
Let him make friends
Introduce your Goldendoodle puppy to different people and pets! It is recommended to have at least five interactions with dogs and ten interactions with humans in a span of two weeks. Allow your puppy to get comfortable around other dog breeds, including bigger dogs, and cats. This is how you can make sure that he doesn’t grow up to dislike other animals. However, be sure that the dog your Goldendoodle puppy is going to meet is friendly, too! You wouldn’t want your Goldendoodle puppy getting hurt.
Gradually introduce him to new things
Most puppies are terrified of a lot of things, like vacuum cleaners, stereos, and even TVs. To avoid frightening your puppy, you need to introduce him to new experiences gradually. When buying a new machine or appliance that will make a noise, such as a car, hair clippers, or even dog toy, let him check it out by himself. When he’s done checking it out, place him at a safe distance before turning it on. Turn it off, and then call your Goldendoodle puppy toward you. Reward him with his favorite treats.
Repeat this several times, until you reach the point where he comes to you while the sound is running. Your puppy will eventually realize that it isn’t scary after all.
Make socializing a daily habit
Walk your puppy every day. It keeps your puppy active and healthy and is a convenient way of meeting new people, pets, and places. Puppies get tired quite easily, so you might want to drive to new locations each time to get more variety. Don’t keep walking them around your block as you will just end up seeing the same scenery every time.
Take him to a training class
While Goldendoodle puppies are easy to train, if you do not know where to start, you should consider taking your puppy to a training class. It’s an easy way to kickstart his socialization, as well as teach him obedience and basic commands.
Puppy socialization at Sandiego Goldendoodle
We socialize our puppies at a very young age. At Sandiego Goldendoodle, we know how important it is to introduce puppies to new people, pets, places, and experiences so that they grow up into fearless and comfortable family dogs.
Visit our website to check out our puppies that are looking for their forever homes. All of our puppies are well-trained and guaranteed healthy.