Socializing your puppy is key to ensuring you'll have a happy, confident, and well-adjusted dog for life. The idea behind socialization is helping your puppy become acclimated to all types of sights, sounds, smells, and being touched in a positive manner. Proper socialization can prevent a dog from being always fearful of children, for example, or of riding in a car, and it will help him develop into a well-mannered, happy companion.
But what happens if a puppy doesn’t get the benefit of early socialization? How might that impact the dog when its fully grown? Behavior is a product of both nature and nurture, a mix of genetics and experience, but it’s possible that under-socialized dogs can exhibit any of the following problems:
Reactivity (snarling, nipping, or biting)
Hard to Handle (this is a grooming nightmare)
Nervous Around People (nervousness can lead to fear and fear can lead to aggression and biting!)
Uncomfortable Around Other Dogs
Remember to follow the rules and guidelines for vaccinations so your poodle doesn't become ill when taking him or her to new places.
Below is a chart that will help you to make your poodle the loving sociable guy or gal it was bred to be. We breed for temperament, but YOU are ultimately responsible for your poodle's personality.