A common question from puppy owners is, “When do I start socializing my puppy?”
The answer is: NOW. If you’re getting a Barrett puppy, the process has been started, and it’s up to you to keep it going.
Fun fact: The window for socializing your puppy closes between 12-16 weeks.
Another fun fact: Your puppy’s second round of shots isn’t done until 12 weeks. In another words, the same time it’s “safe” for your puppy to go out and see the world is about the same time the world becomes a suspicious, scary place.
This is because around 12-16 weeks, your puppy naturally goes through what is called a secondary fear period. Experiences that aren’t introduced to your puppy before this window of opportunity closes, end up being negative instead of positive, and are difficult to overtime.
So what’s the answer?
Get out and socialize your puppy; just avoid the high traffic areas like dog parks, pet stores, and neighborhood parks.
And check out your Barrett Puppy Socialization Checklist for more ideas.
There’s a great article, here, from Dr. Jen’s Dog Blog that goes into more detail about puppy socialization.