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6 Tips to Socialize Your Puppy

Socializing your puppy is an important aspect of their development that helps them become well-adjusted, confident, and friendly dogs. Here are some tips for socializing your puppy.

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1. Earn Your Puppy’s Trust

Be a calm, consistent, gentle, positive presence at home. The puppy needs to learn to feel totally safe with you.  (Do not yell at the puppy when you find a puddle on the floor..just clean it up and move on).  The more a puppy trusts you, the more easily he’ll gain the confidence to explore new situations with you by his side (just like he was when he had his mom by his side).

2. Start Early

Once you have established trust with your puppy, start letting them explore more of their exciting new world.  You want to pack as much as you can into their critical socialization period which ends at 12-16 weeks, depending on how they were raised by the breeder. Proceed at the puppy’s pace so as not to overwhelm them and cause a setback.  

Give the puppy a choice!  Learning the nuances of canine body language takes time, but you’ll get more clues as to your pup’s confidence if you give him a choice about each interaction. That means letting him walk.  Is he walking toward it or away from it?  This is why it’s best to put the puppy on the ground in new situations.  

Don’t pull the lead. Dragging him toward something new will not make him “get used to it” and may actually create fear of it (and you) forever. Never trap the puppy.  Feeling trapped by a leash, a hug, a circling crowd, or a tin space makes any new experience scary.  Always provide the puppy with an escape.  

3. Introduce Them to New People

Allow your puppy to meet and interact with different people, including children, men, women, and people of different races and sizes, wearing hats, carrying umbrellas, and riding bikes. This will help them become comfortable around new people and activities.  

4. Introduce Them to Other Dogs

Socializing your puppy with other dogs can help them learn essential social skills, such as communication and body language. However, make sure that the other dogs are vaccinated and friendly.

5. Expose Them to Different Environments

Take your puppy to different places, such as parks, busy streets, and pet stores, to expose them to different sights, sounds, and smells.

6. Reward Positive Behavior

Praise and reward your puppy when they behave positively, such as when they interact with new people or dogs without showing fear or aggression.  Ignore negative behavior — don’t punish it.  Try to get back into a situation that is positive as quickly as possible.

Building Confidence Through Socialization

Socializing your puppy is an ongoing process that requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. With time and effort, your puppy can grow up to be a confident, well-socialized, and happy dog.


Alana Holst
Australian Labradoodle Breeder  at 

Since 2011, I've dedicated myself to breeding Standard Sized Australian Labradoodles, fueled by a passion for holistic practices and exceptional quality. My focus lies in fostering strong bonds between humans and dogs, crafting loyal companions for therapy, service, and family — spreading love, one precious puppy at a time.

Alana Holst

Alana Holst

Australian Labradoodle Breeder

We make a heartfelt promise to our cherished puppies and their new families, dedicating ourselves to the health, happiness, and lifelong well-being of every Labradoodle we raise and to fostering a supportive community among our adoptive families. Learn more about us.

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