Now that Clancy is 12 weeks old, I thought I should review his progress.
“ . . . during your pup’s first month at home, urgency dictates that socialization with people is the prime puppy directive. Your puppy must be fully socialized to people before he is three months old”
– Dr Ian Dunbar
CLANCY’S SOCIALISATION GALLERY
– TICK OFF WHEN COMPLETED
People of different ages
Older children – boys
[/] Older children – girls
[/] Calm, quiet children
Active, noisy children
Teenagers – male
[/] Teenagers – female
[/] Young adults – males
[/] Young adults – female
[/] Mature age people
[/] Elderly people
People of various appearances
[/] Men with beards
[/] People wearing hats and crash helmets
[/] People in big coats or uniforms
[/] People in wheelchairs
[/] People pushing a pram or baby stroller
[/] People using wheelie walkers
People on crutches and walking sticks
[/] People from various ethnic groups
[/] “Loud” people
[/] Subdued people
People doing various activities
[/] People on bikes
People on skateboards
People playing ball games
[/] Workers and workplaces
[/] Other puppies
[/] Adult dogs
[/] Different breeds and sizes
[/] Different temperaments
[/] Different levels of confidence
Small pets – rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, poultry, birds
Farm animals – chickens, goats, horses
Livestock – sheep, cows
(3) ENVIRONMENT, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
Vehicles and wheels
[/] Shopping trollies
[/] Industrial equipment
[/] General traffic noise and movement
Events and activities
[/] Vacuum cleaners
[/] TV and radio
[/] Music playing
(4) OUT AND ABOUT
[/] Visiting your family, with kids or elderly people
[/] Neighbours’ or friends’ houses
[/] Shopping centres
[/] Variety of surfaces, especially slippery surfaces
[/] Going up and down stairs
Lifts and elevators
Places your puppy might have to get used to
Dr Ian Dunbar’s tips on Organizing your puppy to meet people
(from his book After You Get Your Puppy)
“…introduce your puppy to a wide variety of people – to family, friends, strangers, and especially men, and children. As a rule of thumb, your pup needs to meet at least a hundred different people before he is three months old – an average of three unfamiliar people a day.”
- Invite people to your home.
- Twice a week, invite different groups of six men to watch sports on TV – offer them pizza and beer!
- On several other nights a week, invite different groups of six women for ice cream and chocolate!
- Invite family, friends and neighbors for meet-the–puppy dinners. Have every guest hand-feed your puppy a few pieces of (dog) food.
- You must invite children to meet your puppy now!
- Supervise children with your puppy at all times. Start with one or two calm children, and make the interactions calm and controlled. Build up to having more children, more noise and activity and make sure it is fun for the puppy.
- Eventually the puppy has to get used to children running, laughing, screaming, skipping, and falling over.
- Introduce simple training games.
- No-one should interact or play with your puppy until they can get the puppy to come, sit and lie down, using treats to lure and reward.
“Unrestrained visitors, children and adult male friends or relatives can ruin a good puppy very quickly.”
Dates and deadlines.
“Your puppy must have intensive socialization with all sorts of people before 12 weeks of age.”