Just like people, dogs are social animals and it’s important to start socializing them as soon as they are immunized puppies. If you shelter your young pup and then expose him to our crazy world when he is older he will be nervous.
There are cars, waves of people, sirens, construction noise, loud engines, etc. – who wouldn’t be terrified if they were all of a sudden thrown into this? Creating a calm balanced dog requires exposing your dog to all of these things early on.
This is a great place to take a puppy to introduce them to the world and a great setting to practice your basic obedience commands.
There are people everywhere, many of whom will want to approach your cute pup to pet them, and many with dogs of their own. Additionally, there are cars and plenty of other activity which is good to expose your dog to.
When it comes to introducing your pup to other dogs, you better play dates with dogs that you know. Another option is a puppy play group that a lot of doggie daycares will offer.
Bringing your puppy to a dog park is not such a good idea unless there is a dedicated puppy section. You don’t know anything about the dogs in the dog park and often times there can be aggressive dogs there. This a great way to get your puppy hurt.
If you are going to take your dog to the dog park (even adult dogs), you have to observe the dogs inside the park before you bring him into that environment. Watch for any aggressive dogs or aggressive behavior because you never know how those dogs were raised and what their temperament is like.
You don’t want to put your dog into a potentially dangerous situation. If you don’t like what you are seeing inside the dog park then it’s probably best to play it safe and leave.