You want your new puppy to grow up happy, confident, and ready to go with you anywhere. That means it is time to start socializing. Your dog is most open to new experiences before 3 months old, so you will want to start as soon as possible, keeping in mind any safety precautions before your dog is fully vaccinated. But even if your dog is older, it is never too late to start.
It is best to socialize your dog in a variety of different locations. You can of course invite all your dog-owning friends over, but there are also likely many dog-friendly places in your neighborhood where you can take your puppy.
Dog-Friendly Places to Go with Your Dog
Socializing your dog involves more than just meeting new dogs and people. Exposure to new sights and sounds is also essential. In fact, you will want a combination of trips. Some should involve off-leash play time with dogs and pets from people. On other excursions, you want to keep your dog behaved on leash while seeing new things.
Some of the best places to go with your puppy or young dog for a variety of socialization include:
Wherever you go, make each excursion a positive one with treats and praise. Watch your dog and if either of you begins to get stressed or overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to head back to the car. It is always best to start small and associate socializing with a good time rather than force a situation.