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If you are getting a new puppy, you should think about socialization before you bring it home. The first year of your puppy's life is the most important. It will go through several fear stages and properly socializing it will help make it a well rounded, friendly, social and interactive member of the family.

Hopefully, you have gotten your puppy from a breeder who has already started the socialization process, but it does not end with the breeder. Weaning is one of the most stressful events in dog's life. It is typically the first time it has been independent of its dam and littermates. You and your family are it's new pack.

Try to expose your new puppy to as many new things as possible in the first few months at home. New places, noises, colors, toys, activities, flooring/surfaces, people and types of people (men, women, children, babies), people in different types of clothing (hats, ball caps, hoodies, sunglasses), foods and treats. Get your puppy enrolled in a puppy kindergarten class as soon as possible. As long as all the puppies are in good health and have had at least 1 vaccine, they should be safe to attend these classes. However, avoid high risk areas (dog parks, day care, etc), until your puppy is fully vaccinated.

Find a good trainer or mentor to help you through this process, it is critical for your pet to become a welcome family member and a good canine citizen

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

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