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Being proactive when it comes to socialising your new puppy is one of the most important responsibilities that you have as a new pet parent, and it will ensure that you are setting your family up for a happy future with your little bundle of fur.

Socialisation has many benefits, as it will help influence the behaviour of your puppy as they grown into adults. It will ensure that they grow into happy, fear-free, well-adjusted adults who relate well to other dogs, other animals, and also other people.

The most critical time to begin socialisation starts right from when you bring your new puppy home – the younger the better! Remember if your puppy is between 8 – 16 weeks old, socialisation needs to be done in a safe environment, such as a puppy school. Not only will this ensure a positive and controlled environment, but importantly it will ensure that you are mixing your pet only with other young pups who have also not yet completed their puppy vaccination schedule, before being exposed to adult dogs.

Most importantly, spend as much time with you new pup as you can when they first come home. Remember they will be feeling unsure of their new surroundings and will need your guidance to help them learn the routine at home. They are only babies for such a short time, so enjoy it!

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