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Socializing Your Puppy

- June 26, 2017

Exposing your puppy to new experiences is the first, and probably most important step to having a well-adjusted adult dog.

Introducing them to all kinds of sights, sounds, and smells will help to ensure that they are adaptable to all situations. If you ensure that your dog experiences different people, things, voices, and more, then they are less likely to be surprised, scared, or even worse, aggressive when they encounter something new.

The following is a checklist of suggested situations to expose your puppy to as he/she grows up:

  • Child on a bike
  • Man wearing a hat
  • Crying baby
  • Person walking a puppy/dog
  • Person in a wheel chair
  • Man with a beard Child dancing and jumping
  • Lawn mower Tractor
  • Person using a broom Vacuum
  • Jogger Veterinarian
  • Shy person
  • Loud person
  • A festival or party
  • Mailman
  • Person pushing a baby stroller
  • Person in a trench coat
  • Cat/kitten
  • Women in a dress
  • Man in a suit
  • Person with a ball
  • Screaming child
  • Ride on an elevator
  • Child playing with a loud toy
  • Child with a stuffed toy
  • Delivery person
  • People of different races
  • Person with sunglasses
  • Horse
  • Children at a playground
  • Person at a drive-through window
  • Pet store Downtown sidewalks
  • Busy streets
  • Trucks and Cars
  • Shooting range
  • Dump trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Fire trucks
  • Sirens Person in uniform
  • Elderly person
  • Outdoor sporting games (basketball, baseball, tennis, etc.)

Of course, these are only a few suggestions, as there are a number of other opportunities you may be aware of based upon your own neighborhood situations. The greater the variety of experiences, the more comfortable your dog will be when she comes into contact with these situations. A knowledgeable dog is a confident dog, which produces a more socially acceptable dog that is not fearful.

We also highly recommend registering you and your puppy in a puppy kindergarten class. This is not only a great way to expose your puppy to a variety of different breeds of dogs, but also will teach you how to help your puppy be a responsible citizen!

A thought on wolfdogs

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane Alberta - June 4, 2017

- Dan and wife Kathy recently visited the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane Alberta along with Carson Morris. Carson volunteers at the sanctuary and works at Global Pet Foods in Cochrane Alberta.


These are wolves with varying parts of dog bread into them. When people find that ‘wolfdogs’ are often too difficult to handle the sanctuary looks after them. The wolfdogs we saw are very well cared for and we think this group is doing a great job. For more check out their website at


Healthy Garden Treats for Our Canine Companions

- May 30, 2017