Young, old, male, female, men with mustaches and beards, women with hats, people wearing glasses, mail carriers, crying babies, toddlers, young children, teenagers, boys on skateboards, delivery people, people in uniform, people with backpacks, people with umbrellas, people on motorcycles, neighborhood children, in-line skaters, people in costume, joggers. Try to meet as many different types of people as possible!
Bubbles, skateboards, helium balloons, agility equipment, traffic, crowds, playground equipment, umbrellas, surfboards, stairs, fans, bags, boxes, remote controlled toys, ironing board, garbage trucks, motorcycles, ceiling fan, statues, bicycles, brooms, shovels, kites, automatic sliding door, automatic garage door, wheelchairs, stuffed toys, scooters, crutches, walkers, fax machine, shopping cart, etc.
Veterinary office, groomer, boarding kennels, shopping malls, schools, dog shows, the yards of friends, playground, preschool, an elevator, crowds of people, rides in the car, train stations, bus stations, grocery stores, flea market, little league game, soccer game, car repair shop, puppy kindergarten, a firehouse, drive-through restaurants, hotels, car wash, tunnel, the beach, etc.
Pile of leaves! Bubble wrap, grates, grass, dirt, pavement, rocks, rubber mats, wood chips, slick floors, wet floors, cement, bricks, snow, sand, weeds, soft cloths, hardwood, linoleum, bridges, water, mud, logs...
Some experiences must, of course, occur after the puppy is 16 weeks of age, due to risk of infectious diseases.
Other puppies, older dogs, dogs of the same and different breed, dogs of different color, size, shape, cats, kittens, horses, gerbils, rabbits, birds, hamsters...
Handle your puppy daily, touching him from nose to tail. Touch his ears, toes, teeth, clip his nails, brush his hair. This will help him when you have to visit the vet's office too!
Start out quietly and then increase the level, while reassuring that it is OK. Ideally, show your puppy the item when it is turned off, to allow them to gain confidence and reassurance that it is nothing to be afraid of. After your puppy’s body language has improved, then you can turn it on. Make sure he gets used to household sounds like the vacuum cleaner, hairdryer, smoke alarm, electric shaver, the TV, loud music, knocking, the garbage disposal, sirens, fireworks, thunder, lawnmower, blender, airplanes, popping balloon, food processor, air brakes on a big truck, horns, New Year’s noisemakers, washer/dryer, loud speaker, bull horn, musical instruments, alarm clock, etc.
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