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The Party Your Puppy Can’t Afford to Miss

Research demystifies the power of early social experiences, revealing how properly structured socialization events can lead to astonishing benefits for your furry friend.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Proper socialization is a critical part of puppy development, but the most important socialization window is relatively short — between the ages of 3 to 14 weeks
  • “Puppy parties” are one way to expose your pup to a variety of people, animals and experiences in one fell swoop
  • Puppy parties can help reduce fear responses toward strangers and prevent problem behaviors as an adult
  • While puppy parties have the potential to offer socialization benefits, the outcome may vary widely, so they are best used as a part of a thoughtful, well-planned socialization protocol
  • During the socialization window, and continuing for the first year of life, expose your pet to safe, new, positive experiences, sights, sounds and experiences daily

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