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American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

AVSAB Position Paper on Puppy Socialization - p. 2


Proper confinement training using pens or crates helps to ensure that puppies have safe and secure places for rest and confinement. Puppies that are used to being crated will be less stressed if they must be hospitalized or be confined for travel by plane or car.

Crates should serve as comfort or play areas.


Early and adequate socialization and programs of positive training can go a long way to preventing behavior problems and improving bonding between humans and dogs.

 

While the first three months is the most important socialization period in a puppy's life, owners of puppies that have passed this milestone are strongly encouraged to continue to socialize their puppies to as many people, pets, and locations as is practical.
However, owners of puppies displaying fear should seek veterinary guidance.

 

Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first de-worming, and should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class. In general puppies can start (off-leash positive method socialization classes )as early as 7-8 weeks of age.

 


References


1. Serpell J, Jagoe JA. Early experience and the development of behaviour. In Serpell J (ed). The Domestic Dog, p.82-102, Cambridge
University Press 1995

2. Freedman DG, King JA, Elliot O. 1961. Critical periods in the social development of the dog. Science, 133, 1016-1017

3. Miller DM, Stats SR, Partlo BS, et al. Factors associated with the decision to surrender a pet to an animal shelter. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1996;209:738- 742.

4. Duxbury MM, Jackson JA, Line SW, Anderson RK. Evaluation of association between retention in the home and attendance at puppy socialization classes. JAVMA, 223 (1), 2003, 61-66.

5. Eskeland GE, Tillung RH, Bakken M. The effect of punishment, rewards, control and attitude in obedience and problem behaviors in dogs. Proceedings IVBM 2007;103-104.

6. Hilby EF, Rooney NJ, Bradshaw JWS. Dog training methods their use, effectiveness and interaction with behaviour and welfare. Animal Welfare 2004;13: 63-69.

7. Bradshaw JW, McPherson JA, Casey RA, Larter LS. Aetiology of separation-related behavior in domestic dogs. Vet Record 2002;191:43-46.

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Dr. Tripp's Position Statement

 

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