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Socializing Puppies while still with the litter

separating puppies from litter to socialize and train

Since I’ve had several questions about raising Service Dog puppies recently, here’s a list of things to make sure your breeder does, in addition to the Early Neurological Stimulation Program:

General socializing: the Rule of 7s:

By the time a puppy is seven weeks old, he/she should have:

1. Been on 7 different types of surfaces: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl,
grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, etc….

2. Played with 7 different types of objects: big balls, small balls, soft
fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper or cardboard items, metal items,
sticks, hose pieces, etc….

3. Been in 7 different locations: front yard, back yard, basement, kitchen,
car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, etc…..

4. Met and played with 7 new people: include children and older adults…

5. Been exposed to 7 challenges: climb on a box, go through a tunnel, climb<
steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide and seek, go in and out of
a doorway with a step up or down, run around a fence, etc….

6. Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china,
pie plate, frying pan, etc….

7. Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, basement, laundry room, living room, bathroom, etc…

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