Do you know the difference between socialization and training? Both are important elements in your puppy’s education, but it’s important to understand when each activity should occur in your puppy’s life.
What Constitutes Socialization and Training?
Socialization refers to the act of introducing your puppy to other dogs. Your puppy needs to learn to interact with other dogs appropriately. This can involve greeting new dogs, reading body language, and even playing together. If your puppy is not properly socialized, he may have a difficult time meeting dogs later in his life. Fear is a common issue when a puppy hasn’t been socialized, and fear-based aggression may restrict your dog’s ability to interact with other dogs.
Training refers to teaching your puppy about what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable. Through proper training, your puppy can learn to recognize both verbal and physical commands. Training helps to teach your puppy about his role in your life and household. Common behavioral issues, such as housebreaking, stopping barking, and preventing a puppy from jumping up on people can all be solved, especially when training a young puppy. Working with a dog trainer is a great idea, especially if you are new to training puppies and dogs.
When Should Socialization and Training Occur?
Both socialization and training are important elements of your puppy’s life. Both activities should be continually carried out as your puppy ages, since they help to set your puppy up for a successful life.
However, socialization and training should ideally be done at separate times. Puppies have naturally short attention spans, so training sessions need to be kept short. Expecting your puppy to focus on your training session while there is another puppy or dog in the room may be asking too much of your young puppy. By separating training from socialization, you allow each activity to be effective for your puppy.
Try to schedule training in short sessions throughout the day. Train your puppy during quiet times when he is both alert and focused. For instance, training your puppy before a meal while keeping a calm demeanor can be effective but not when the kids have just gotten home from school. Carefully scheduling your puppy’s training can help to set him up for success.
Similarly, schedule socialization times carefully. Try to socialize your puppy when he is relaxed and calm. When you socialize your puppy, make sure that you introduce other puppies or dogs slowly and one at a time at first. Always supervise the puppies and dogs carefully and take lots of 5 minute breaks to help set their internal clock to know when to take breaks naturally and prevent the interaction from becoming overwhelming.
Both training and socialization play important roles in your puppy’s life. At Bed & Biscuit Austin, we’re happy to help with your puppy’s training. Call us today to set up some training for both you and your puppy.