As a new puppy parent, everything regarding your dog’s wellbeing is completely unfamiliar to you. It can be overwhelming but we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. You might have read about fear development in dogs. How does the sense of fear in puppies develop? How to make sure your puppy is well socialized until it’s too late?
Between the 12th and 16th weeks of life, the socialisation period is closing up. Dogs start to become wary of other pets and humans that they have never met before. This is where they need a lot of positive reinforcement and support. We suggest whenever your puppy is in an unpleasant situation (like a vet visit, fireworks, etc) meet the fear with a laugh and distract your friend with a game. A soothing reassurance and hiding with your pup under the table just deepens the experience instead of making the situation something to be laughed at. We suggest that you walk your dog on a leash. So if your pup gets into any novel fearful situation you can easily take control of it.