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  • Writer's pictureDenise Helmuth

Early Beginnings: How Breeders Lay the Foundation with Socialization and Noise Desensitization

The beginnings of a well-adjusted puppy with early training and exposure from your breeder

A puppy is born with limited senses, but as it grows, it begins to develop a keen sense of sound, then sight. Helping puppies adapt to life in the world is crucial for their overall health and comfort while living as a companion with their adoptive family. That's why we work on desensitizing our puppies to noises and socializing them from their first days.


Puppy Socialization and Noise Desensitization Overview

  1. Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS): ENS is a set of exercises that the breeder can do to help puppies become more adaptable and better able to handle stress in their adult lives. Starting this process at day three can be beneficial, as it involves gentle handling and stimulation exercises that help build resilience in puppies. It's something we strive to do with our puppies here at Choice Bernedoodles.

  2. Socialization: Socializing puppies with people and different environments is crucial for their development. A breeder who actively socializes their puppies can provide them with valuable exposure to different stimuli, which can prevent fear or aggression issues later in life. With our other dogs and many children close by, this is something our puppies naturally encounter from their first weeks of life.

  3. Playtime: Playtime is essential for puppies to learn social skills, bite inhibition, and to expend their energy. It also fosters a positive relationship between humans and dogs. Playtime with their litter mates is especially helpful during these early stages. It really aids them in learning boundaries when it comes to biting and play and we are sure to give them playtime with their littermates as well as with our family.

  4. Music: Playing soothing music can help puppies get used to different sounds and create a calming environment. This can contribute to their overall comfort and adaptability as they grow.

When looking for a breeder, it's essential to ask about their socialization protocols. Here are a few questions you might consider asking:

  • How do you introduce puppies to different people and environments?

  • Do you expose the puppies to common household noises and experiences?

  • How often do the puppies interact with adults, children, and other dogs?

  • Do you use any specific training methods or techniques to socialize the puppies?

By asking these questions and understanding the breeder's approach to socialization and desensitization, you can make an informed decision when choosing a puppy that has a solid foundation for a successful future as a well-adjusted and confident adult dog.



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