How do I socialize your puppy before he becomes a part of your family.

Our job actu­ally invo­lves two areas to which we pay very spe­cial attention.

First of all – pre­na­tal area, which is the way we care for a pre­gnant females.

Secon­dly — the way we care about pro­per puppy socia­li­za­tion, taking into acco­unt all cri­ti­cal sta­ges of pup­pies deve­lop­ment, before they arrive to their new homes.

PRENETAL STAGE

First of all, we are very con­cer­ned about the health care of the pre­gnant fema­les. Not only by giving them pro­per nutri­tion, but also pro­vi­ding posi­tive stimulus.

Rese­arch have shown that offspring of bit­ches that were sub­ject to various stress, during pre­gnancy will be nervous and timid.

Hor­mo­nes deve­lo­ping stress as well as “hap­pi­ness” hor­mo­nes affect deve­lo­ping fetus, espe­cially in the third tri­me­ster. This can be bene­fi­cial for the pup­pies or not (in case of stress) and it affects lear­ning abi­li­ties, ten­dency to extreme beha­vior or emo­tio­nal sen­si­ti­vity of young puppies.

The­re­fore, it is very impor­tant to pro­vide every pre­gnant female with spe­cial care.

When the pup­pies come wil­lin­gly into this world, pre­na­tal phase ends

NEONATHAL PHASE (0 — 12 days)

Accor­din­gly to some dog beha­vior experts each puppy sho­uld go thro­ugh the early neu­ro­lo­gi­cal sti­mu­la­tion. More in the article “Early neu­ro­lo­gi­cal stimulation.”

In short — every day, every puppy goes thro­ugh short — 3 minute ses­sions, during which it is taken in hand, tur­ned on his back and put on a cold towel. All this is to expose puppy to a gen­tle stress. Such regu­lar sti­mu­la­tion con­tri­bu­tes posi­ti­vely to phy­si­cal and men­tal deve­lop­ment of the puppy.
We used to do this, but we do not any­more. In Wlo­chata Pasja we do not put young pup­pies thro­ugh such stress. It is easy to overdo and this we would not want for the pup­pies. Accor­din­gly to the know­ledge pre­sen­ted by my per­so­nal autho­rity spe­cia­li­zing in dogs beha­vior – Turid Rugaas – pup­pies sho­uld be left with their mother and nothing sho­uld be done with them. They need to feel safe and be in a quiet and safe envi­ron­ment. The­re­fore all we do in such an early stage is to han­dle them gen­tly during eve­ry­day cle­aning routine.

TRANSITIONAL PHASE (12 — 20 days)

Taking an advan­tage that pup­pies open their eyes and ears we turn on the radio. Howe­ver the sounds sho­uld be peace­ful and quiet. So we usu­ally turn the lul­la­bies or sto­ries for chil­dren. We gen­tly pick the pup­pies up and hol­ding them in our arms we intro­duce them to the sur­ro­un­dings let­ting them sniff. Howe­ver pup­pies still most of their time spend with their mother. Ses­sions with humans are very short.

SOCIALIZATION PHAZE (3 — 12 weeks)

I always divide this phase to the following:

1. Socia­li­za­tion with lit­ter and mother
2. Socia­li­za­tion with people
3. Intro­du­cing various stimuli

Ad.1 Socia­li­za­tion with mother and the lit­ter

We let pup­pies for inte­rac­tions between them­se­lves. We do not inter­rupt lit­tle figh­ters. They have to learn from each other how to use the dog’s lan­gu­age, so that in future will be able to reso­lve con­flicts. By the end of this phase, the pups will go to their new fami­lies. Very impor­tant thing that pup­pies need to learn is biting inhi­bi­tion (con­trol­ling grip of the jaws). It is very impor­tant les­son. When one puppy bites ano­ther, the first squ­eaks and fun ends — for a puppy that bites it is a puni­sh­ment, “I bit too hard, fun is over now.” Ano­ther time, howe­ver, the same puppy will get his ear bit­ten, so that he could see how it hurts. In this way pup­pies learn to con­trol the strength of the grip of their jaws and they learn this from each other. The mother, also gives hers pre­cious teachings, when the puppy bites too hard, she goes away and milk ends ;- ).

Pup­pies also learn to com­mu­ni­cate via so-called “cal­ming signals”: rota­ting their heads, nose lic­king, yaw­ning, tail wag­ging ect. Let’s take, for exam­ple, tail wag­ging, which may not neces­sa­rily mean “I am frien­dly to you, let’s play”, but how will the puppy know it if they sepa­rate him from his siblings too quic­kly (some bre­eders do it as they want to get rid of the pup­pies fast). For this puppy each tail wag­ging could mean the same (regar­dless of whe­ther it is full of enthu­siasm, waving on all sides say­ing “Let’s play”, or stic­king, tight tail, car­ry­ing out small and quick move­ments which means –“do not come too close”). Since the puppy will not be able to tell the dif­fe­rence he will very easily be able to come into con­flict with other dogs. It is the­re­fore impor­tant to allow inte­rac­tions between the pups in a lit­ter, and I pay very spe­cial atten­tion to this.

Ad. 2 SOCIALIZATION WITH PEOPLE

Socia­li­za­tion with other dogs is very impor­tant — because the puppy needs to know which spe­cies he is repre­sen­ta­tive of. Howe­ver socia­li­za­tion with people it is not less impor­tant as pup­pies will live in other envi­ron­ment in the future – with people. It is the­re­fore very impor­tant to show them dif­fe­rent people. Women, men, chil­dren, high, low, thick, thin, dres­sed up in dif­fe­rent costu­mes. The­re­fore, I invite friends to visit. Pup­pies have the oppor­tu­nity to see people of dif­fe­rent kinds. People are requ­ired to give them some tre­ats — food is a very strong posi­tive rein­for­ce­ment and a small pup­pies are alre­ady large gou­r­mands. In the future, pup­pies sho­uld not be afraid of stran­gers — if only our work will be con­ti­nued by new owners.
If I neglec­ted the issue of socia­li­za­tion during this cri­ti­cal period, and the owners would not pay such a great atten­tion to it — we could toge­ther lead to the emer­gence of beha­vio­ral pro­blems in the future.

Ad. 3 Intro­du­cing pup­pies to various stimuli

This is my favo­rite part!

This is a really great oppor­tu­nity to play with the pup­pies – go thro­ugh the open box or tun­nel. Pup­pies for the first time meet the gro­oming table, where they are com­bed, ears are cle­aned and nails clip­ped. We often vacuum the floor so they get accu­sto­med to the sound of it. Gene­rally, pup­pies are intro­du­ced to various sti­muli that they may face in the future. It is very impor­tant — the more sti­mu­lus the bet­ter. Such expe­rien­ces in the future will act as a spe­ci­fic vac­ci­na­tion, when as adult dogs will have to face dif­fe­rent chal­len­ges.
During this part I work on the pup­pies sense of smell. I let them sniff a lot and the­re­fore I build enri­ched envi­ron­ments for them. That means that I put as many weird objects as I can find in a house. I fill those objects with tre­ats and I let pup­pies play on such field. So they go aro­und, sniff and find the tre­ats which they eat imme­dia­tely.
By snif­fing pup­pies learn how to cope with stress in the future. Such short ses­sions make pup­pies tired for many hours — this is how it works. You do not really need a long and active walk – let our dog sniff.

Enriched enviroment

Enri­ched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

Enri­ched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

Enri­ched enviroment

We do the basic tra­ining here too. It is nothing big – just few basic com­mands as sit, down or hard five – it is espe­cially to intro­duce your puppy to the posi­tive rein­for­ce­ment tra­ining in the future

Sit

sit

Down

Down

gimme five!

gimme five!

So by the time your puppy will go to you, we have a lot of work here, but also a lot of fan­ta­stic fun! I always say that sle­epless nights are worth it for 2 reasons – puppy lic­king your face and happy fami­lies they go to.

You have to remem­ber howe­ver that what we did in Wlo­chata Pasja is only the begin­ning — the rest is up to you! Have fun!

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All of the pup­pies go thro­ugh socia­li­sa­tion. Spe­cial socia­li­sa­tion plans are build for each lit­ter. Ple­ase see below how some parts of socia­li­sa­tion look like:

Week 1
Mother and pupies stay toge­ther. The only thing you have to sup­ply them with is safe envoroment.

Week 2
Pup­pies still stay with their mother.

Week 3

Pup­pies still stay with their mother. This week spe­cial exer­ci­sed must be intro­du­ced. Those are exer­ci­ses of mem­bra­ine, that emi­li­mate motion sick­ness in dogs. First seeing and hearing sti­mu­lu­ses must be intro­du­ced at this stage.

Week 4

Pup­pies start to explore. New hearing, seeing and snif­fing sti­mu­lu­ses must be introduced

Week 5
Pup­pies meet dif­fe­rent people (some­ti­mes strange people) and are intro­du­ced to dif­fe­rent strange sounds and articles.

Week 6
This week the work on “enri­ched envi­ro­ment is con­ti­nued”, Still pup­pies meet sur­ro­un­ding, dif­fe­rent textu­res and noises.

Week 7
Here posi­tive rein­form­ce­ment tra­ining begins. It is all done expe­cially for the pup­pies so they get to know what does the posi­tive rein­for­ce­ment tra­ining is. We teach them how to sit, lay down and give a high five:)
At the tra­ining with their new owners they can skip that part as they are alre­ady trained;)

Week 8

We con­ti­nue the tra­ining and meet dif­fe­rent people, hear strange sounds and many many things

More infor­ma­tion about socia­li­sing your puppy you will find in SOCIALISING sec­tion.
I rec­co­mend reading

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Socia­li­sa­tion in prac­tice 2

Sto­ries of the first lit­ter pup­pies and our ways of socialization:

We were born on 11-th May. Oh it was a loooong night! It was very cozy in mom’s belly but here – out­side is so much bet­ter! Our mom says that we will open our eyes within a few days. She Keeps tel­ling us how beau­ti­ful this world is. We can har­dly wait for this moment. She also told us not to be afraid because at the begin­ning we will only see thro­ugh a “white fog”, but we can not wait any­way!
Here are our pic­tu­res as one day old puppies.

Halo to ja!

Halo to ja!

OOOO to jest ten świat!!??

OOOO to jest ten świat!!??

O rrrraaanyy!

O rrr­ra­aanyy!

What is hap­pe­ning to us now? Lady who takes care after us put a color­ful bands on our necks. She is weigh­ting us every day, so she knows that we put on weight just fine. If we do not – or even worse – if we lose on weight, she has the spe­cial milk ready for us. Mummy’s milk howe­ver, is just the best and the heal­thiest milk ever! It boosters our immune sys­tems and pro­tects our orga­ni­sms until we get our vaccinations.

Pani waży!

Pani waży!

We are 7 days old now. We grow very fast and strong. Some of us alre­ady try to stand up on their own feet! They are still week but as they say – prac­tice makes per­fect! The Lady took some pho­tos of us today.

Ale mięciutko!

Ale mię­ciutko!

Cieplusio tu!

Cie­plu­sio tu!

Dobrze mi tutaj

Dobrze mi tutaj

Jak miło sie przytulić!

Jak miło sie przytulić!

W koszyczku

W koszyczku

Śliczności

Ślicz­no­ści

Spaaaać!

Spa­aaać!

Since we are 3 days old, the Lady does some­thing strange with us. We do not under­stand a bit of it, but mummy tells us that it is for our own good. She tells us that it is for us to deve­lop bet­ter and she says that such early sti­mu­la­tion (of course we can har­dly under­stand)
* will improve car­dio vascu­lar per­for­mance (our heart rates)
* will stron­ger our heart beats,
* will stron­ger our adre­nal glands
* we will have more tole­rance to stress, and gre­ater resi­stance to diseases

For us it sim­ply means that we are lifted, tic­kled with a q-tip and other fun things. We do not make a fuss of it – since it is for our own good…

Łaskotanko po łapkach

Łasko­tanko po łapkach

Na pleckach

Na plec­kach

Głową do góry

Głową do góry

Głową w dół

Głową w dół

Zimny ręczniczek

Zimny ręcz­ni­czek

We are 3 weeks alre­ady! Our eyes and ears have just ope­ned. The Lady han­dles us very gen­tly and shows us dif­fe­rent rooms. She shows us all the world! We listen to the radio and check out dif­fe­rent surfaces.

U Pani

U Pani

U Pani na rączkach

U Pani na rączkach

Na ręczniczku

Na ręcz­niczku

Ręczniczek

Ręcz­ni­czek

A co to?

A co to?

Ładnie siedzę?

Ład­nie siedzę?

Obwąchać kanapę

Obwą­chać kanapę

Na kafelkach

Na kafel­kach

Na kafelkach

Na kafel­kach

Na ręczniku

Na ręcz­niku

Już wstaję

Już wstaję

Prawie wstałem

Pra­wie wstałem

We try to walk.
„I bit my brother’s ear” (quoting cara­mel boy). It is so nice to have bro­thers and sisters. We will soon start play­ing with each other. The Lady pro­mi­sed to give us some toys – we can’t har­dly wait

Z rodzeństwem fajnie jest

Z rodzeń­stwem faj­nie jest

Na kanapie

Na kana­pie

Siostry mogą być fajne

Sio­stry mogą być fajne

Wtulić sie w siebie

Wtu­lić sie w siebie

Mięciusio

Mię­ciu­sio

We start to con­trol our bowels our­se­lves so the Lady takes us to the new­spa­per bath­room, as soon as we wake up. She teaches us where to go when we want to pee. We do not quite under­stand that yet but it cer­ta­inly helps to keep our bedroom clean and dry. After all our mummy does not catch up with us any­more, the way she used to. We have to take some respon­si­bi­li­ties too!

Wieczorna toaleta

Wie­czorna toaleta

W toalecie fajnie jest

W toa­le­cie faj­nie jest

The Lady clip­ped our claws today. She expla­ined us that we hurt our mummy alre­ady and we may as well hurt each other. We did not feel a bit of clip­ping – we were too much con­cen­tra­ted on our deli­cious breakfast.

WOW! The Lady put us on a scale and guess how much do we weight?? We are all above 1 kilo (some of us are smal­ler 1,1 and some are big­ger 1,25). All toge­ther we weight above 11 kilos.
The Lady gave us wor­ming tre­at­ment today. Well we did not fuss too much. Some­thing dif­fe­rent than milk – finally. We can’t decide yet if we liked it or not, but mummy tells us that there are bet­ter and tastier things waiting for us when we grow up a lit­tle bit more.
We got a big­ger house too!!! The one with a puppy door where we can get in and out whe­ne­ver we want to (of course when the door is open). Mummy can jump in from the other side too. Ohhhhh life is great!

Nowy domek

Nowy domek

Nasz nowy dom

Nasz nowy dom

The Lady often uses this spe­ci­fic word, and we finally seem to get it. “SOCIALIZATION
The Lady says that during this spe­ci­fic period of time the most impor­tant are: con­tacts with our mom, siblings and people. So she shows us dif­fe­rent objects and we are allo­wed to jump on them, go under­ne­ath or climb. This is so much fun!

We also listen to dif­fe­rent sounds. Vacuum-cleaner, squ­eaky toys and even the real storms! In this time of the year – there are lots of them, espe­cially in the moun­ta­ins. Storms are pretty nice – we like them because this is the time when we get tasty tre­ats. The Lady says that it is done for us so we are not afraid of storms in future.
The Lady teaches us that trans­por­ta­tion cage is ok. We can always find there great tre­ats. The Lady tells us that it is impor­tant for us to get used to it as we might see it again in our new homes.
This is fan­ta­stic time – time of explo­ra­tion!
The Lady says that this spe­cial period will last few weeks and she keeps on repe­ating (quoting one man) how impor­tant this period is for us: “All events that hap­pe­ned, as well as those that did not hap­pen will shape dogs beha­vior fore­ver” (trans. Edyta Gajew­ska) S. Coren “How Dogs Think. Under­stan­ding the Canine Mind”

Some pho­tos of us:

We eat from dif­fe­rent bowls (metal, pla­stic, glass)

Nowa Miseczka

Nowa Miseczka

Serduszkowa miseczka

Ser­dusz­kowa miseczka

Porcelanowa micha

Por­ce­la­nowa micha

We meet dif­fe­rent objects

Czy to jest ...jadalne??

Czy to jest …jadalne??

Mięciusie to

Mię­ciu­sie to

Interesujace!

Inte­re­su­jace!

Niebieskie....Puchate

Niebieskie.…Puchate

Zabawa z reklamówką

Zabawa z reklamówką

A ja sie zważę

A ja sie zważę

Zabawy z piłeczką

Zabawy z piłeczką

Explore:

Magiel??Pierwsze widzę!!

Magiel??Pierwsze widzę!!

Z wieszakiem...

Z wie­sza­kiem…

Na kartonie

Na kar­to­nie

Baaaaardzo interesujace miejsce ta szafka

Baaaaar­dzo inte­re­su­jace miej­sce ta szafka

Schodzimy[/caption

Eat in a transporter:

Jamy w transportówce

Jamy w transportówce

Scho­dzimy

aaaaaale pycha

aaaaaale pycha

After this we look like that:

Potem wygladamy tak...

Potem wygla­damy tak…

This week we are going to the vet.

Lately we have many guests

Today we are having very impor­tant visi­tors who will do the tem­pe­ra­ment testing for us.

A co Ty robisz?

A co Ty robisz?

Ale Radość

Ale Radość

Chyba lubicie po mnie chodzić

Chyba lubi­cie po mnie chodzić

A mogę na plecki?

A mogę na plecki?

Oddawaj tego lizaka

Odda­waj tego lizaka

Dogonie Cie!

Dogo­nie Cie!

Już jestem prawie tak duży jak Ty

Już jestem pra­wie tak duży jak Ty

Kto to za nowy domownik?

Kto to za nowy domownik?

Slicznosci

Slicz­no­sci

Taaak przytulaj! Byle delikatnie

Taaak przy­tu­laj! Byle delikatnie

We have just ope­ned rese­rva­tion list for the Autumn litter

Mother: Rutlands Gol­den Gla­mour
Father: Rutlands Black Onyxe

EXPECTED AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE PUPPIES
Expec­ted sizes: medium, stan­dards
Expec­ted coats: Open fle­ece, curly fle­ece
Expec­ted colors: Apri­cot, Red, Black, Cara­mel, Gold, Cream

All of the puppy buy­ers are welco­med to visit us to see the dogs.
All of the pup­pies can be pic­ked up in Poland or in Ger­many.
Deli­very of the puppy is also possi­ble — we deli­ver pup­pies personally.

Ple­ase see below the pho­tos of the past lit­ter of the couple.

All of the pup­pies go thro­ugh socia­li­sa­tion. Spe­cial socia­li­sa­tion plans are build for each lit­ter. Ple­ase see below how some parts of socia­li­sa­tion look like:

Week 1
Mother and pupies stay toge­ther. The only thing you have to sup­ply them with is safe envoroment.

Week 2
Pup­pies still stay with their mother.

Week 3

Pup­pies still stay with their mother. This week spe­cial exer­ci­sed must be intro­du­ced. Those are exer­ci­ses of mem­bra­ine, that emi­li­mate motion sick­ness in dogs. First seeing and hearing sti­mu­lu­ses must be intro­du­ced at this stage.

Week 4

Pup­pies start to explore. New hearing, seeing and snif­fing sti­mu­lu­ses must be introduced

Week 5
Pup­pies meet dif­fe­rent people (some­ti­mes strange people) and are intro­du­ced to dif­fe­rent strange sounds and articles.

Week 6
This week the work on “enri­ched envi­ro­ment is con­ti­nued”, Still pup­pies meet sur­ro­un­ding, dif­fe­rent textu­res and noises.

Week 7
Here posi­tive rein­form­ce­ment tra­ining begins. It is all done expe­cially for the pup­pies so they get to know what does the posi­tive rein­for­ce­ment tra­ining is. We teach them how to sit, lay down and give a high five:)
At the tra­ining with their new owners they can skip that part as they are alre­ady trained;)

Week 8

We con­ti­nue the tra­ining and meet dif­fe­rent people, hear strange sounds and many many things



RECENT DOCUMENTATION ON SOCIALIZATION YOU WILL FIND HERE:

http://www.labradoodle.com.pl/news/we-have-australian-labradoodle-puppies-fili-1-st-time-mom/

http://www.labradoodle.com.pl/news/we-have-australian-labradoodle-puppies/

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Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland