Socialization is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Having a dog who is socially comfortable in as many different situations as possible is essential to having a balanced dog. When your puppy is young, they must go through a series of Parvovirus shots. It is important to get these shots before you take your puppy out into public spaces. Most puppies get there last Parvo shot around 16 weeks old, however the prime time for puppy socialization is from 6 to 16 weeks. Therefore, it’s important to socialize your puppy even before they are able to go out into the world. To do this, we must socialize with other puppies and dogs that are up-to-date on their shots, or with other puppies who are currently getting their shots and showing no signs of Parvo. This was Leia’s first time socializing with dogs since her litter mates. Today’s helpers include Kohala (5 months), and Devo, one of my dogs who is fantastic at puppy socialization. Leia and Kohala hit it off right away and had a fantastic time playing. Remember when introducing your dog to other new dogs to do so slowly and at a pace your dog is comfortable with.