1 Let Them Explore Right Away
When should you start socializing your puppy? As soon as you bring your furball home. The early days with a puppy can be a whirlwind, and the puppy socialization period will go by in a flash. Don’t delay!
Luckily for you both, there’s plenty you can do to socialize your puppy at home. Your house and backyard may seem humdrum to you, but not to a puppy. There are different surfaces to explore—shiny tile, carpets, grass and dirt—and all sorts of sounds, from the clothes in the washer to the birds at the feeder. After you’ve puppy-proofed your home, let your puppy sniff and explore, watching them closely to ensure they stay safe.
Pro tip: If you have low windows, keep the blinds or curtains open so your pup can watch the outside world. When they’re able to see cars, bicycles, neighbors, squirrels and more from a distance at an early age, they’ll be more likely to happily accept them later in life, when they’re able to get a little closer.