What is socialisation?
Learn about what socialisation is, as well as what it is not. This unit explores how to ensure puppies, at the time of their lives when their brain is most susceptible to the quality of experiences, receives these positive socialisation experiences.
Socialisation in developmental periods
Study low level and overt stress signals and what should be done when these are observed. Learn how human body language affects dogs and how to improve how we communicate with dogs.
Canine Socialisation Course
Relevant for owners, professionals and student professionals this course explores the complex topic of socialisation; one often misunderstood at the disadvantage of puppies who are going through such a vital life stage.
This course studies what socialisation is, but also what it is not. It will look at how to ensure puppies receive positive socialisation that will set them up for life constructively, not potentially cause issues with fear and anxiety down the line.
Learn about the developmental stages of a puppy and how our socialisation efforts can impact puppies in each stage.
Dogs are a social species; they live in companionship with others and tend to have a higher tolerance to the presence of familiar or unfamiliar members of their own species and other species. Dogs are required to fit in with the social life of humans; however, depending on where they live (rural or urban) and the culture with which they live in, the expectations on them can differ.
Socialisation is a special learning process that prepares an animal for their social and environmental life. Puppies are introduced in a safe and nonthreatening way to a variety of smells, sounds, sights, walking surfaces and interactions with unfamiliar people and dogs.
During socialisation an animal learns how to recognise and interact with members of its own (inclusive of different breeds), and other species (Seksel, 2010). He learns who his peers are, an ally or a stranger.
Socialisation is about learning to recognise and respond to the intentions of others: those friendly intentions, and threatening ones too. This is of most importance when it comes to learning about the species with which they live close to. Healthy cohabitation is reliant on accepting close proximity that comes from socialisation. Necessary socialisation and resultant learning will likely vary depending on the expectations and environment of the individual dog.