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Why Socialization is so Important for your Young Puppy.

January 10, 2014

Following up on the photo of Ketli with her Canine Good Citizen graduation award I discovered this article and thought it would point out some of the reasons why Ketli and I worked so many hours to achieve that goal.


Getting lots of love from a little girl on the ferry to Peaks Island in Maine

Snoozing after the ferry ride while we ate a great seafood dinner in Portland, Maine

Snoozing after the ferry ride while we ate a great seafood dinner in Portland, Maine

Enjoying a walk on one of the many trails surrounding the Hyde Park mansions on the Hudson River in New York.

Enjoying a walk on one of the many trails surrounding the Hyde Park mansions on the Hudson River in New York.


In Newport, Rhode Island sightseeing with the family

I am a firm believer in socialization. I took Ketli with me on daily outings from age 9 weeks. We went to coffee shops and sat outside on their patios, we went to pet shops to practice with automatic doors, shopping carts and other dogs.

We went to an outdoor mall and sat in a gazebo as people stopped to greet us. I took her in the car and took her on daytrips to see relatives and weekend trips to Newport, Rhode Island two times for overnights, Portland, Maine a few times, Wolfeboro, NH, and the Hudson River Valley in New York for a motel stay.

Ketli joined my Hike a Pup group from the start and romped and rolled with the big dogs. She showed signs of timidity when I selected her so I knew it was particularly important to introduce her to all kinds of people, animals, sights and sounds.

We started dog training at age 12 weeks after she had her kennel cough immunization. Once we passed Basic Obedience we continued right on to a Good Citizen class. We practiced a half hour a day on basic skills while I started to introduce retrieving skills to her in a fun way.

If you have followed my blog you have seen photos of some of these socialization experiences. People comment that Ketli is one of the calmest Labrador retrievers they have met which surprises us since we have become used to the energy level of our 10 and 12 year old golden retrievers, Emma and Cabot. 

I know she is calm because she exercises and we place boundaries on her behavior. My Hike a Pup Pet Care motto is, “An exercised, socialized dog with boundaries and limitations is a happy, healthy and calm family member”. It works for all the dogs in my care. Behind every responsible dog owner is well-behaved, happy and social dog. Or should I say out in front  of every responsible dog owner is a  dog playing, wrestling, running, jumping, swimming,and  retrieving?

This website contains articles that are helpful and interesting. Of course, I love reading about everything dog.

One Comment
  1. Socialization with Ketli started the day she was born, I believe also breeding has a lot to do with a puppies attitude but also the new owner of the pup and I am so happy Ketli ended up with you Meg.

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