Socializing a Puppy in Quarantine

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Socializing a puppy in quarantine. It sort of sounds like an impossible task, doesn’t it?

Fortunately, you can still properly socialize your puppy while still abiding by social distancing regulations. We just have to make a few adjustments and get a bit creative! Feel feel free to further tweak our suggestions based on your individual location’s recommendations and restrictions.

The most critical socialization period is between 8-16 weeks of age. Your puppy doesn’t come with a pause button, so don’t delay these important steps!

Socializing a Puppy In Quarantine: A Quick Guide

Objects

Your home is full of interesting objects that you can use to help your puppy get used to new things. Expose your puppy to what you have on this list:

    • Skateboard, bicycle, scooter
    • Wheelchair, walker, crutches
    • Stroller
    • A rolling suitcase
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • Blow dryer
    • Wheelbarrow
    • Broom (they may find this fun to chase!)
    • Sprinkler
    • Mirrors
    • Shopping bags
    • Musical children’s toys

Surfaces

A few cheats for socialization to new surfaces that you may have at home:

    • A bosu ball makes for learning to walk on a wobbly surface. Also check out these balance pods.
    • Bubble wrap
    • Air vents
    • Tile floors
    • Stairs

The Great Outdoors

Depending on your location, you may still be allowed to enjoy outdoor activities with your pup. Try these:

    • Walk past people and other dogs at a 6′ distance. This is actually what we recommend doing with or without a quarantine! You’re exposing your puppy to people and other dogs, but helping them learn to walk past them without a big fuss.
      • Pro Tip: Reward your pup every time they see a dog or person! They will learn that the distraction is their cue to focus on you.
    • Walk your puppy over grates in the sidewalk (provided your puppy isn’t so small he’ll slip into them)
    • Walk your pup past garbage trucks, delivery trucks, and cars.

Sounds

Lastly,  you can find all sorts of sounds that are great for socialization without having to leave your home! Try playing some of these on your computer while your puppy plays or eats:

  • Fireworks
  • Thunderstorms
  • City sounds
  • Sirens
  • Barking dogs

Need help with socialization and training for your puppy during quarantine? Check out our online dog training options or contact us directly. 

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