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A Socialised Puppy Is A Happy Puppy

It is essential for all dogs to develop social skills in order for both of you to enjoy a happy life together. Some breeds are  naturally sociable whilst others are more solitary by nature. This really shouldn't matter, if the effort is made, any dog should be able to adapt to life with a family.

One must remember when dealing with the new puppy that everything surrounding him is completely new. There are two extremes of the typical behaviour of a dog in this situation. He may be completely intimidated by everything and develop a very suspicious nature, or may be overly inquisitive and develop a very bold yet not very safe nature. The puppy needs to be able to achieve a happy medium somewhere in between these two places. He needs to be cautious of new things for his own safety, but he also needs to develop the confidence to explore new places and situations.

The process of striking this happy medium must start as soon as the new puppy arrives at his new home. He will have become accustomed to the breeders home and it's surroundings and he may even have met the vet, but it is up to you to make sure the puppy is equipped for his life in this new world.

Start by getting him used to human contact. Play with him on your lap, scratch his back, tickle his tummy and stroke his ears. Let him feel comfortable with you, this will help promote friendliness to all people who have a lot of contact with him. Encourage friends to pick him up, even if he is shy. This is more effective than a friend crouching down and infringing in his space. Even if the puppy appears frightened, both you and the friend need to command the situation in a confident and enthusiastic manner. The puppy will benefit from this type of experience if he is going to be a family dog. He needs to be used to human contact. Don't force him into unsuitable situations such as leaving him alone in a room full of strangers, this may make him overly suspicious of new faces in the future. Let him make the association with your friends and being in a comfortable, happy environment. Encourage friends to give him treats.

He needs to gain experience of the world around his home. This can be easily achieved be taking him for regular walks. If he seems a little frightened by the outside world, sit with him and show him that he is safe in this new environment. This may take some time, particularly with guardian dogs such as Rottweilers, but perseverance is essential for the benefit of the dog. 

It is also very important that the dog learns to associate with other dogs. Again, some dogs are naturally adept at this skill but all dogs should be able to develop this skill. It can be best achieved in situations such as obedience classes where the dogs can socialize in a well controlled environment. Discipline and correction is important in these situations, as well as creating a comfortable environment for your dog.

Continue all of these fun activities and you and your new pet should be able to share an enjoyable social life together.




We have the right to be full members of your family. We thrive on social interaction, praise and love. We have the right to stimulation, we need new games, toys, experiences, and new smells to be happy.

We need regular exercise, without it we would become sluggish or fat. We have the right to have fun, we enjoy acting like clowns. Don't expect us to be predictable all the time.

We have the right to quality health care, please stay good friends with our Vet. We have the right to a good diet, we don't always know what is good for us, we depend on you.

We have the right not to be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show dogs, hunters or baby sitters. We have the right to recieve proper training, otherwise our  relationship could be marred by confusion and strife, and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.

We have the right to guidance and correction based on compassion and understanding, rather than abuse. We have the right to live with dignity, and to die with dignity when our time comes.



Treat me kindly my beloved master for no heart is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often for your voice is the sweetest music, as you must know by the wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.

I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my God and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with water, for though I will not reproach you were it dry, I can not tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food, that I may well, to romp and playand do your bidding, to walk by your side, and to stand ready willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

Beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms, as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest......       

And I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, My fate was ever safest in your hands.

 ( Author unknown)

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