Introduce puppies to new people, dogs, places, and sounds before 12-16 weeks when socialization window closes.
Praise and give treats for relaxed, polite interactions. This shapes socialization positively.
Reward Calm Behavior
Closely manage interactions, intervening if your dog seems frightened or overwhelmed.
Discourage rough play. Coach gentle play by praising polite play style.
Teach Appropriate Play
Enroll your pup in a force-free training class for socialization with new dogs/people
Puppy Kindergarten Class
Introduce new stimuli gradually. Don't flood your dog all at once.
Increase Exposure Slowly
Arrange controlled meetings with friend's vaccinated, gentle dogs to build skills.
Set Up for Success