How to introduce family, friends and strangers to your puppy
Even once your puppy’s comfortable with you and the rest of your household, they may be nervous with other new people. Here are our top tips for ensuring introductions are comfortable for them.
Limit visitor numbers
To avoid overwhelming your puppy, have as few visitors as possible in their first few days with you.
Meeting lots of people at once can be intimidating for a puppy, so give them chance to get used to each person individually.
Ask people to keep their excitement at meeting your puppy under wraps and use a calm tone and gentle movements.
Let your puppy make the first move
Puppies can feel threatened if they’re approached too quickly or passed from person to person. It’s best to ask people to sit quietly and wait for your puppy to approach them.
Take it slowly
Give your puppy plenty of time to get to know each person. Positive experiences now will help when they encounter new people outside your home.
Watch their body language
Look out for signs that your puppy’s anxious such as avoiding eye contact or holding their tail low. If this happens, take them out of the room so they can have some quiet time alone.
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