Slogan „Socialisation” is now being commonly used in breeder societies. A lot of them are very serious about the matter, too serious sometimes. From the early days puppies are often put into stressful situations – early neurological stimulation, early and too rough socialization which sometimes begins at 3 weeks of age when the puppy is taken into a car for a drive. We let puppies listen to the radio with loud music, gun shots, different noises. We act for the good sake of the puppies not realizing that it is very easy to overdo and to obtain totally different result that we expect.
During the first weeks of their life puppies need quiet, peaceful environment and their mother around them all the time. When we start working with them we should never ever turn on the radio too loud or expose them to loud, sudden sounds. We should not turn the puppies on for purpose.
Instead we should help them build their self-confidence.
I invite you to watch the videos and pictures of 5 week old puppies for which enriched environment was build. Puppies get to meet different stimuli, they meet different objects, smells (goat, fox, boar), they have an occasion to find themselves in different situations – on, under or inside something. They must accustom it with nice feeling. We hide different treats on such a playground and all they have to do is sniff. See for yourself – how relaxed they are, how they activate their senses. Five weeks old puppies that do not run like crazy, do not tear each others’ ears but they sniff quietly. We can hear the music in the distance – but the sound is peaceful and quiet. Lullabies or children stories are turned on when the lector is speaking slowly with toned voice. Some puppies would sit in front of the loudspeakers looking like hypnotized. ;-)
So shortly speaking – introducing different stimuli – YES, however slowly as over stimulating can do much harm to the puppies.

Enriched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

exploring

exploring

getting tired

getting tired

where does this music come from

where does this music come from

what is in there

what is in there

I like baloon

I like baloon

i like it

i like it

I prefer children toys

I prefer children toys

I prefer the sea shell

I prefer the sea shell

I will eat you...boar

I will eat you...boar

I will sniff that

I will sniff that

I will take that tail with me

I will take that tail with me

inside the box

inside the box

jingle bells jingle bells

jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle dingle

Jingle dingle

Jingle jingle

Jingle jingle

through

through

milk bottle

milk bottle

on the box

on the box

pups exploring

pups exploring

SMELLS STRANGE

SMELLS STRANGE

sniff

sniff

something stinks

something stinks

there is something on thet box

there is something on thet box

under cupboard

under cupboard

under cupboard

under cupboard

we hounted the boar

we hounted the boar

we like the voince coming out of that box

we like the voince coming out of that box

what if I stick my head up there

what if I stick my head up there

what is in that box

what is in that box

what is in there

what is in there