Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training & Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs

Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training & Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs

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Overview

You want a dog who is confident and happy, able to immediately distinguish between friend and threat, capable of intense focus on her work, and able to relax and play with you when you need some puppy love. But these attributes are not born in our puppies; they are created through proper socialization.

So much can be done in a puppy's first few months of life to equip her for our human world and expectations. A well-socialized puppy is not only a happier puppy for her own sake but is also a better-mannered and more reliable pet. Learn how to raise a puppy to be:


  • More comfortable and confident
  • Upbeat and bold from family life to excursions to vet clinics
  • Less reactive and excitable
  • A better learner with better memory
  • A more creative thinker and better training partner


This practical approach to socialization, with plenty of detail and easy-to-follow steps, will help you to prepare your puppy for her best approach to life and social success. Material is included for the older dog as well!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631650062
Publisher: Æclipse Press
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

About this book vii

CHAPTER 1 SOCIALIZATION IS IMPORTANT—WHATEVER IT IS. 1

What Are The Benefits? 5

Practical Application 7

Lack of Socialization is Abuse 9

CHAPTER 2 SOCIALIZATION PERIODS 13

3 Weeks Old 15

7 Weeks Old 16

8 Weeks Old 17

Second Fear Period 19

CHAPTER 3 BASICS 21

Targeting 24

Adding a Cue 27

Orient to your Human 30

Recall 32

CHAPTER 4 MEETING HUMANS 35

Humans Don’t Meet Puppies. Puppies Meet Humans. 37

Polite Greetings 41

Controlling the Situation 42

Breed & Personality Variations 43

Facilitating Introductions 45

CHAPTER 5 MEETING OTHERS 47

Leash Guidelines 51

Bailing Out 51

Real-Time Walk-Through of a Greeting 54

And Now, Not Greeting 57

Real-Time Walk-Through of Not-Greeting 59

Level Up 63

CHAPTER 6 BUILDING CONFIDENCE 65

Exploration 68

Separation 70

Climbing 71

Touch the Goblin 73

Touch the Goblin Walk-Through 76

CHAPTER 7 FIELD TRIP! 79

Vaccinations 81

Gear 83

Leash 83

Collar 84

Treat Pouch 84

Carrier or Seat Belt 84

Let’s Hit the Road 85

More Sensible Precautions 87

Signs of Stress 88

Frequency 90

Take-Out Meals 90

CHAPTER 8 PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS 93

Climbing & Repetitive Exercise 97

CHAPTER 9 “IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU RAISE THEM” 101

Environment and Genes Work Together 104

CHAPTER 10 PREVENTING RESOURCE GUARDING 109

Bad Advice 112

Train Your Dog To Love Your Approach 114

CHAPTER 11 OFTEN OVERLOOKED 119

Genders, Colors, and Fashion Senses 121

Children 122

Substrates and Surfaces 123

Weather 127

CHAPTER 12 TAKING CARE 131

CHAPTER 13 ACQUIRING A PUPPY 137

Breeder or Rescue? 140

CHAPTER 14 IT’S COOL 145

APPENDIX 151

Puppy Gear 151

Fitting Collars 151

More Training Resources 152

Socialization Checklist 153

GLOSSARY 157

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 159

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