For every puppy owner using a socialization strategy that grows confidence and connection, there’s a thousand who don’t do it at all or do it terribly wrong. I’m sharing exactly how I socialize my puppies, including my current five-month-old, Prophet, so that everyone can do the same thing to get the best start to a life of joy with their dog.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The exact things I do to socialize my own puppies.
  • Common misconceptions in puppy socialization.
  • Why puppy daycare and dog parks are potential disasters.
  • Top 3 reasons why we should train our dog.
  • How to grow a puppy’s confidence in different environments.
  • What puppy socialization looks like to Susan Garrett.
  • How I train my five-month-old puppy, Prophet.
  • How to turn distractions into white noise.
  • Why growing connections is important for puppies.
  • How to grow positive CER’s in context with husbandries.
  • What distractions really mean for our puppies.
  • How I train in the form of games.
  • 3 groups of games and when to use each.
  • How “Crate Games” minimizes distractions for our puppies.
  • Why an overstimulated dog is not ideal for socialization.
  • That most dogs don't need doggy friends.

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Resources :

  1. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior
  2. Podcast Episode 127: Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions
  3. Live Stream Replay: Dog Training Foundations for LIFE or for SPORT
  4. Podcast Episode 186: 2 Types Of Connection With Dogs: Dog Agility And Daily Life Case Studies
  5. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan
  6. Podcast Episode 243: Training My New Puppy, What He Knows So Far: Susan Garrett’s Plan And Puppy Schedule
  7. Podcast Episode 197: Outsmarting Distractions: How To Use Environmental Reinforcement in Dog Training
  8. Podcast Episode 176: Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are A Critical Element Of Dog Training
  9. Podcast Episode 107: Pedicure Please: 3 Steps To Dog Nail Trimming Or Grooming Success At Home!
  10. Podcast Episode 132: All The Things Your Dog Hates And How To Fix Them
  11. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First
  12. Podcast Episode 24: Help for Dogs who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, and Neighbor’s Cats (Distraction Intensity Index)
  13. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett
  14. DogsThat Website (Home School the Dog, Recallers, Handling360, Agility Nation)
  15. Podcast Episode 182: The Game Within The Game: How To Multiply Your Dog’s Reinforcements
  16. Podcast Episode 138: Frantic Dog? Are You Training Both The Hold And The Do?
  17. YouTube Video: Understanding Your Dog's Reinforcement Zone (RZ) with Susan Garrett
  18. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training!
  19. Podcast Episode 160: 10 Common Puppy Mistakes: What To Do Instead!
  20. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different
  21. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube