Puppy socialisation

For at least the first six weeks of a puppy’s life their mother plays a vital role in teaching them how to interact with and behave around other dogs. As an example, puppies can learn how to control how hard they bite through the interactions with their mother and littermates.

Removal from the mother before this time can affect their ability to learn not just from their mother but also their siblings and this could affect their behaviour later in life. If they are removed too early they can become fearful of other dogs and in some cases could become aggressive.

It’s also really important to expose young dogs to as many different environments and situations as possible as well as different people and animals.  In their first few months puppies learn how to interact and are more likely to grow up to be well socialised dogs.