It is important for a dog to safely experience the smells, sights, and sounds of everyday life from as early an age as possible. Carry your pup outdoors before it is fully inoculated, but do not put it on the ground. A person with a beard, a hat, or a different skin complexion to the dog’s human family can be intimidating. Set up meetings between your friends and the dog, and reward the dog when it shows curiosity but remains calm. After a car journey, give food rewards and verbal praise if the dog displays no signs of agitation. Go for short drives initially, and gradually increase their duration. Always reward the dog for settling down and remaining quiet. Arrange for the dog to meet new people inside your home first, and then outdoors. This will prepare the dog for later meetings with people who will try to stroke it without asking your permission.
Ask your friends to sit on their haunches when greeting the dog, so that they do not intimidate it. They can also offer a food treat, so that the puppy will learn to welcome approaches from other people. Always instruct children to approach the dog quietly and to stroke it gently from the side. Make sure you reward the dog with verbal praise or a food treat when it behaves calmly. The back of the car can be a frightening place, especially if the dog’s first experience in it causes motion sickness and nausea. Before actually driving anywhere, entice the dog into your parked car with a food reward. Once the dog is happy to sit in the car, accustom it to the sound of the engine. Train the dog to look upon the car as a second home.
Before starting crate training, place soft bedding, a bowl of water, and an interesting toy inside the crate. Using a tasty snack and the verbal command “Go to your crate,” entice the puppy into its new home. Ensure that the door remains open so that the dog can leave the crate at any time. Once your pet has become accustomed to the crate, it will continue to use it without any prompting from you. While the dog plays contentedly, close the crate door for a few minutes. Keep the crate in a busy place like the kitchen. Having become accustomed to its crate, this puppy is content to be confined to a playpen. Some dogs, especially rescued ones, will not tolerate crate confinement, but this rarely happens with puppies. Eventually the relaxed dog will fall asleep in the security of its crate. However even fully crate-trained dogs should not be left in crates for more than two hours during the day, and they should always be exercised before confinement. If the playpen is lined with newspaper, puppies can meet and play without causing havoc in your home.