Socialise, socialise, socialise and then socialise some more!

Over the next few weeks I will be giving tips on how to socialise your puppy and help them to become a happy and balanced dog. Unsocialised, dogs can develop many behavioural problems, be difficult to live with and most importantly live a stressful life. Socialising your puppy is the most important thing you can do for her in order for her to enjoy life

Handling Your Puppy

One of the first things for your puppy to get used to is being handled. Now this greatly would or should have been done by the breeder but it is now our responsibility to continue what they have started.

Brush Those Teeth!

Whist it is as important to be able to look in your puppy’s mouth for a number of reasons, (including retrieving your favourite sock!) it is important that they get used to having their teeth cleaned. Two out of three dogs over the age of 3 suffer from some level of dental disease. Dental disease can cause significant harm to a dog’s mouth, eventually leading to pain and tooth loss. It can also increase the risk of heart, liver and kidney disease.
Starting a dental hygiene routine at this age is so much easier than trying once they are older. Start by using you finger to rub along her gums daily and lift her lip to look at the teeth whilst repeating the word teeth over and over. Once that is no issue you should use a baby’s toothbrush. Allow her to chew the brush a little to get used to the new texture and as you to gently brush her teeth. Most importantly at this age is that it is kept fun. Just do a little each day. Once she is used to this brushing 4-5 times a week will be sufficient to keep her teeth healthy.

Maddie Knight

ACC.Ad.Dip.Can.Psy AMACC Canine Psychologist and Behaviourist
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