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Is your puppy well socialised?

It is important for us to understand the development of puppies to understand the importance of socialisation.

Here is a brief overview of puppy development from birth - 12 weeks old.


Developmental Stages
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Your puppy’s socialisation tick list


Use this list as a starting point and adapt it to suit you and your puppy’s needs. Make sure that your puppy experiences these places, people, things and activities in a positive way and that it is regularly exposed to them up to 6 months of age.


People and animals to meet


  • Men

  • Women

  • Children

  • Babies

  • Elderley People

  • People wearing glasses

  • People wearing masks

  • People with beards

  • People in wheelchairs, on bikes & skateboards

  • Babies being pushed in prams

  • Children on bicylces and push scooters

  • People jogging, jumping, dancing

  • People who differ significantly in appearance

  • People with headgear

  • Umbrellas

  • Disabled and infirm (walking sticks,frames etc)

  • Confident/loud people

  • Quiet and reserved people

  • Veterinary practice staff

  • Grooming parlour staff

  • Delivery people - milkman, postman

  • Interaction with new people in your home, outside of your home and at busy places like markets, shopping centers, sports fields, sporting events, restaurants

  • Other dogs - social adult dogs as well as other puppies

  • Cats

  • Horses

  • Other domestic pets and Livestock


Activities to accept


  • Walking with restraint e.g. lead or harness

  • Grooming/bathing

  • Nail clipping

  • Medical examination

  • Being left alone

  • Travelling in the car





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Cape Town, South Africa, 7945

Tel: +27 762 00 4115

Tel: +27 21 715 13 09

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