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estelle
28th November 2007, 03:08 PM
Can someone clarify when the socialization (sp) period is??

Charlie had his vaccines delayed due to being too poorly and even though I tried to take him everywhere with me i'm sure this has affected him as he's really shy of other dogs.

It looks like Bailey's final vaccine will be delayed too so I want to be prepared this time and try harder with him

Thanks

Scouty girl
28th November 2007, 08:22 PM
I'm sure that there is a critical window for a puppy to be socialized, but I also think that socialization should be ongoing for the lifetime of our dogs. IMHO

Karlin
29th November 2007, 03:18 AM
The puppy and adult dog should always be socialised as much as possible all thru its life, with care taken about the nature of the dogs s/he is meeting and the appropriateness of play. There isn't any definite socialisation period per se but the earlier the better. There are fear periods though when you can reverse the puppy's confidence if it has bad experiences. A good puppy guidebook will lay out the puppy development stages for you. :thmbsup:.

Here's more info:

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/earlysocialization.html

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/socialization.html