Every species of animal has a critical developmental period during which "socialization" takes place. The purpose of socialization is to ensure that the young of every species learns very early about things to avoid in order to survive. For many species this early learning, taught by the mother, teaches them to flee or fight things that could cause them injury or death. Whether you are a rabbit learning about aerial shadows that might predict a hawk looking for lunch or a mouse listening to a creaking floorboard under the pressure of a cat’s foot, it is wise to learn these critical lessons very early. Each species has its own specific age by which socialization must take place for optimum learning.
Click here for an in-depth article by a respected veterinarian about how you can socialize your pup early without unnecessary risk to his health before all his vaccinations are "complete."
Click here for a letter from Dr. R.K. Anderson, DVM Diplomate, ACVB and ACVPM, an epidemiologist reaching out to other veterinarians about the need for early socialization.
Click here for a Socialization Chart you can use to ensure you are adequately socializing your pup to the multitude of stimuli he’ll encounter in his life.
Click here to learn more about the myths and realities of successful socialization programs.
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