So you got a puppy! Where to start first - Puppy Socialization!!
with Melissa Dallier of ACanineAffinity, Training Advocate

Congratulations on your new puppy! It's an exciting and exhausting time. Lots to do.


If your puppy is between 8-16 weeks old, your priorities should be on potty training and socialization first and foremost! In the video above I outline both.


Here are some additional references and helpful links:


Youtube videos for sound desensitization for puppies:


Play the sounds at a low volume, repeatedly, slowly lowering the volume during mealtimes, playtime, or other fun times!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfh1aMYHw3U&t=1028s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDmvQVB8mZY&t=40s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTtlxzgPP2o&list=PLwEyj-q_rl6GaZN_5_i5vkVNDAmR_T49E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmGlA7U6f-w&t=1s


Best Puppy Books (just a short list)


Before and After Getting your Puppy: Ian Dunbar

The Dog Training Revolution: Zak George

The Puppy Primer: Patricia McConnell

Don't Shoot the Dog: Karen Pryor


If you are struggling, please reach out to a trainer near you. Or join my One on One community for more help!

To find a positive trainer in your area:


https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Zip-Code-Search

https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/find-a-trainer/

https://www.ccpdt.org/dog-owners/certified-dog-trainer-directory/


Have fun and stay positive!