Socializing your puppy to new things throughout their lives is important to cultivate their coping skills. This should start after they receive their 2nd shot. Signing up for classes is important too.
Utilize other people by asking them to say hello, give a tiny treat to your pup that you furnish. Most people will comply.
Some of the things to include in socialization are:
1. Ride on elevator
2. Get exposed to a wheelchair
3. City Streets (noises etc)
4. People of various age, skin tones, those with beards, without, with hats, without
5. Exposure to a large amount of people - stand outside a mall
6. One on one friendly dogs only (class is a great exposure)
7. Car rides all to fun places so they see it as a fun thing to do
8. Forested areas so they see squirrels, birds and the noises they bring
9. Banners, balloons that fly in the sky and move with the wind
10. Tippy board See http://www.agilitygear.com/Tippy-Board-Puppy-Teeter-Wobble-Plank-p/20250.htm
11. Doorbells/knocks on doors
12. Dropped items
13. Storms sounds
14. Bus rides/public transportation
15. Vacuum Cleaner
16. Dark outside experiences
17. Baby Carriage
18. Pool safety cover
19. Creaky floors
20. Showers and flushing toilets
21. Blow dryer
22. Forest walks
23. School visits even from afar
24. Manholes and grates.
25. Humans with canes or walkers
26. Snow blowers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers
27. Trains. trucks and loud moving vehicles with sirens etc
29. The Pet Channel
30. Vet visit on a day that is busy but no appointment (should be a fun visit)
31. Pet Store visit
32. Park with sand boxes (sand exposure)
33. Rivers tones (walking on them)
34. Bouncing Balls
35. Running Fountains
36. Fireworks Sounds
37. Exposure to lakes and pools and or bath tubs/laundry sinks
There are many more but perhaps you can add and I can create a solid list? This way I can put it as a resource. Simply send me mail or post.
The more you expose especially when younger the more coping skills they cultivate and the more balanced they become.
That's probably more than you wanted to know but hopefully it helps.
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