Puppies Rule Of 12
“Properly socializing your puppy is the single most important gift you can give to your puppy. The more time and energy you put into your puppy while they are young, the better adult dog they will become”
Daisy Hill Labradoodles
Puppies Rule Of 12
By the time a puppy is 12 weeks old, it should have: (If your puppy is over 12 weeks old start right away with this socialization guide.)
Experienced 12 different surfaces: Wood, wood chips, carpet, tile, cement, linoleum, grass, wet grass, dirt, mud, puddles, deep pea gravel, grates, uneven surfaces, on a table, on a chair, etc.
Played with 12 different objects: Fuzzy toys, big and small balls, hard toys, funny sounding toys, wooden items, paper or cardboard items, milk jugs, metal items, car keys, etc.
Experienced 12 different locations: Front yard (daily), other people’s homes, schoolyard, lake, pond, river, boat, basement, elevator, car, moving car, garage, laundry room, kennel, veterinary hospital (just say hi visit, lots of cookies, no vaccinations), grooming salon (just say hi), etc.
Met and played with 12 new people (outside of family): Include children, adults (mostly men), elderly adults, people with wheelchairs, walkers, people with canes, crutches, hats, sunglasses, etc.
Exposed to 12 different noises (ALWAYS keep positive and watch puppy’s comfort level. We don’t want the puppy scared): Garage door opening, doorbell, children playing, babies screaming, big trucks, Harley motorcycles, skateboards, washing machine, shopping carts rolling, power boat, clapping, loud singing, pan dropping, horses neighing, vacuums, lawnmower, birthday party, etc.
Exposed to 12 fast moving objects (prevent chasing): Skateboards, roller-skates, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, people running, cats running, scooters, vacuums, children running, children playing soccer, squirrels, cats, horses running, cows running, etc.
Experienced 12 different challenges: Climb, on, in, off and around a box, go through a cardboard tunnel, climb up and down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide & seek, go in and out a doorway with a step up or down, exposed to an electric sliding door, umbrella, balloons, walk on a wobbly table (plank of wood with a small rock underneath), jump over a broom, climb over a log, bathtub (and bath) etc.
Handled by owner & family 12 times a week: Hold under arm (like a football), hold to chest, hold on floor near owner, hold in-between owner’s legs, hold head, look in ears, mouth, in-between toes, hold and take temperature (ask veterinarian), hold like a baby, trim toenails, hold in lap, etc.
Eaten from 12 different shaped containers: Wobbly bowl, metal, cardboard, box, paper, coffee cup, china, pie plate, plastic, frying pan, Kong Toy, Treat Ball, Bustercube, spoon fed, paper bag, etc.
Eaten in 12 different locations: Backyard, front yard, crate, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bathroom, friend’s house, car, schoolyard, bathtub, under an umbrella, etc.
Played with 12 different puppies (or safe adult dogs) as much as possible.
Left alone safely, away from family other animals (5-45 minutes) 12 times a week.
Experience a leash and collar 12 different times in 12 different locations.