Socialisation is creating a positive experience for your puppy whilst preparing it for life in the outside world. Between 0-16 weeks is the key time to socialise a puppy to new environments and experiences. Puppy have a critical Socialisation window which closes around 16 weeks. This is not to say that after 16 weeks you can’t socialise a puppy – you can but the earlier the better in most cases. The PDF below can be downloaded and goes into more detail on what to socialise and how to do it to ensure its a positive experience for your puppy.

Pictured below are some of Ralph's socialisation experiences


Men, Women, Children, Pushchairs, Wheelchairs, People wearing hats, glasses, scarves, helmets, being handled and inspected


(Not to necessarily play with but observe)

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits, Rodents, Sheep, Cows, Horses

Around The House

Hoover, Washing Machine, Pots and pans, Things being Dropped, The TV, Radio,  Bin Bags, Mops, Brooms


Car Journeys, lead walking, The Vets, Pet shop, Quiet roads, Busy Roads, The park, The beach, The high street


Grass, Gravel, Sand, Concrete, Tarmac, Tiles, Carpet, Fake Grass, Water


Cars, Fire Engine, Ambulance, Police Car, Fireworks, Children playing, babies crying, Doorbells, Building work, Thunder

*Can use audio sounds quietly at first


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