How to Socialize Your Dog: Field Trips, Neighborhood Walks & More

At a very young age, let your puppy get used to things around the house. Then move outside and to the neighborhood to see what’s there. After that, and when the pup is older, at least four months of age, start venturing out to a few of these things. As your dog’s confidence gets better, visit more places and introduce more sounds. Be careful not to expose your dog to too much, too soon. A little bit at a time is just fine!

Hopefully your puppy grew up with a litter of brothers and sisters. It’s with them that puppies learn to get along with others. They also learn to control their biting. It’s important to let your puppy play with other dogs as he’s growing up.

As soon as your puppy has had his vaccinations, or shots, take him or her to a puppy class. Here your dog will get opportunities to play with pups his own age. When your pup plays too rough with his mouth, the other puppy will let him know it’s too much. This is how to get a well adjusted dog, one that will get along with other dogs, and one that won’t bite you.

Take a look at this video of Bonnie learning to play with a bigger dog. Notice how Shelby, the Golden Retriever is teaching her not to bite too hard.

Below are some experiences you will want to share with your dog so that he becomes comfortable with strange people, places, sounds, and things. A socialized dog is a dog who is fun to be with.

You’ll want to properly introduce your dog to the following things:

  • People
  • Places
  • Sounds

To People who are:

  • walking
  • running
  • bending
  • hopping
  • crawling
  • swimming
  • bathing
  • carrying things
  • riding bicycles/skateboards/wagons